Only 3 days remain until #HPU2020 moves in! By now, most of you have visited campus. You’ve toured and seen our state-of-the-art academic facilities, our unparalleled living quarters, and our relaxing and inspiring areas for self-reflection. But there are a few hiding gems you may not have seen during your tour.
Today we’re letting you in on some of HPU’s Best Kept Secrets – not only will you be more acquainted with campus, but you’ll have all four years to enjoy the discoveries of those who have gone before you.
High Point University’s Best Kept Secrets
… for INSPIRATION, because these places will inspire you to turn your dreams into plans
- You heard [or read] it here first. Located between Roberts Hall and the Slane Student Center is a reflecting pond. This magnificent area is the ideal place to study, have lunch, catch up with old friends and make new ones.
- Skip the Formalities. Who says studying is done best in the library? If you’re like us, sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what you need to find some inspiration. Nestled behind Blessing Hall is the Sculpture Garden. The garden is home to student and professional works, blossoming gardens, a covered bridge and the sound of running water. Sometimes, you just need some fresh air and an inspiring place to study.
- Birds-Eye-View. Unless you’re a communication student, you may have gone your entire four years at HPU and never known about this little corner of campus. On the second floor of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication there is a balcony that overlooks University Avenue where you have a beautiful view of the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce and straight down the promenade. Unlike the Wanek Center balcony, this one is covered and shaded, which makes it the perfect between class spot to park and refuel.
… for RECREATION, because running the same route every day gets boring
- Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. The bottom floor of Millis Athletic Center is not part of the campus tour, but it’s full of hidden treasures, including racquetball courts and an Olympic size indoor swimming pool. HPU has a club swim team and an intramural racquetball team.
- Keep Calm and Serve an Ace. And if you didn’t know about the racquetball courts, we’re also willing to bet you didn’t know about the six lighted tennis courts behind Millis. The courts are available for intramural, club sports or just for leisure.
- Cause it’s root, root, root for the home team! There’s something special about springtime in North Carolina. [If you don’t believe us, check back in with us in late March. We promise you’ll agree.] This spring you’ll want to stock up on peanuts and Cracker Jacks and meet your friends at Willard Baseball Stadium to cheer on our baseball team. The area behind right center field is reserved for HPU students. Yep, you heard [or read] that correctly. The stone patio behind right center field is the best seat in the house. But you better keep you eyes on the ball, we are known for hitting homeruns. #GoPanthers
… for REFUELING, because we are firm believers in work hard, play hard, eat hearty
- This is how we roll. Maybe you already knew that HPU has a sushi chef come in and regularly prepare fresh and authentic sushi for the Grille, but did you know that he also prepares sushi for the C-Store 1 in the Wanek Center? [P.S. you can use your magic meals or dining dollars! #winning]
- But first, let me take a selfie. This actually was on your tour. [Unfortunately, there is no twin Beethoven hidden at a piano in Hayworth Fine Arts – although the suggestion boxes are always open if this is a cause you feel led to champion.] All of the historical sculptures lining the Kester International Promenade are inspiring, but on a sunny day may we suggest having a seat by Beethoven, who is comfortably parked in the shade of an oak tree. Enjoy the musings of his Fifth Symphony as you text your best friends from home and catch up with your parents. [P.S. Don’t forget the selfie.] [P.P.S. Seriously, don’t forget to call your parents. They are really proud of you and will miss you.]
We welcome you to campus by passing on some of our favorite spots. Campus is expanding daily, so get out and explore all that HPU has to offer!
Go forth, HPU Class of 2020, we pass you the torch.