Raise your hand if you chose your college during university applications based on how it looked. No? Just me?
Even if you were more thoughtful than I in that decision-making process, I think that we can all agree that our campus is a breathtaking place. Everywhere you turn, there is another Instagram-worthy moment to capture. Since founded in 1827, the St. George campus now contains an eclectic mix of architecture: often we see grand castles lined with ivy juxtaposed beside more modern buildings made entirely out of glass. Even now as I enter my fourth year, I still discover gorgeous parts of campus that I never knew existed.
I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favourite and most frequented areas on campus. I took some photos and edited them to make them a little more ‘storybook.’ Try not to look too closely because I am not what you call “good” at Photoshop.
This is technically not an area on campus, nor is it particularly scenic. But as a commuter, St. George Station is the first thing I see before getting to school. You can say that after leaving this station, I am “Spirited Away” to a whole new place.
Being a Life Sciences student, many of my classes reside in the Medical Sciences building, adjoined to the Donnelly Centre. There is a cute bamboo garden that makes for a breath of fresh air in a building of sterile labs and glass. I like to sit here before classes with a coffee and have a quiet moment.
The Thomas Fisher Library is like the infamous Robarts Library’s older and wiser grandfather. Sometimes when I come to Robarts to study, I pop in here to see what exhibits are on. Just being around all those huge, beautifully bound books makes you feel smarter before you endure four hours of cramming in the #TurkeyLibrary.
When Robarts gets a little, you know, prison-like, I go to EJ Pratt Library over at Victoria College. Right beside Pratt is this garden that definitely lives up to its name. It’s a perfect place for contemplation and “Reflection.”
Knox is a postgraduate college so there is really no reason for me to be there. Still, I can never resist passing through it. Well, more like rushing through it – I use it as a scenic shortcut onto St. George Street, because like Cinderella, I am usually late and usually hurrying home to do my
Last but not least, how can I attempt a list of U of T architecture without referencing Harry Potter? As a member of UC, the building and quad are probably the closest thing I’m going to get to Hogwarts. And although I’m not learning cool spells in Charms class, U of T is still a pretty magical place.
What are some of your favourite scenic views on campus? How much did you cringe at my attempts to reference the movie within each picture? Leave me a comment or send us a shout-out on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!