After Labor Day, some students will return to college while others will embark upon the journey for the first time. The life of a college student is one of sacrifice, for students must work hard to get good grades. It is a time to explore career possibilities as students choose a major based on the type of job they would like to have in the future. College life can be stressful, but there are ways to relax and escape the hustle-bustle of campus life.
One way for college students to unwind is to explore the attractions in the town or city where they will be attending college. Those who attend college in Newark, New Jersey will be able to experience the arts and visit historic sites. Some colleges that are near historic sites and cultural art centers are the following: Berkeley College, Essex County Community College, (NJIT) New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
If you go to college in Newark, you should not always study at the college dormitory or at the college library. Since you are near one of the finest and largest libraries in New Jersey, you should study at the Main Newark Public Library. At this library, you will find a wide selection of books and sources to write the perfect research paper. There are also many places to sit and study. Through the windows of the library, you will see a wonderful view of Newark. When you take a break from studying, you can look at the art exhibits on the second and third floor.
Of course, you will not want to spend all of your time studying, so you can visit the Newark Museum on the weekend. At this museum, there are many different exhibits: some are perpetual; others are temporary. There are discounts for students at the museum, so it is affordable. Those who are passionate about Egyptians will love to look at the Egyptian artifacts in the museum. Astronomy buffs will be fascinated when they visit the planetarium and learn about our universe.
If you love history, a visit to the John Ballantine House, a romantic Victorian house, which is a part of the Newark Museum, will be a wonderful look at the past. In this mansion, you will see fine furniture, antiques and magnificent stained glass windows. You will learn about the Ballantines, who were an affluent family in Newark, New Jersey who lived at the John Ballantine House. You will also learn how Americans lived during the Victorian era.
After you visit the Newark Museum, go to the Newark Museum Garden and get some fresh air. There you will see artistic exhibits and relax hearing the birds chirping. You can even sit on the bench and have your lunch. You may even decide to study at the garden, for the breathtaking view of the garden may inspire you to write a great paper. At the Newark Museum Garden, you will see the Lyons Farm Schoolhouse, the first schoolhouse in Newark. On the plaque outside of the schoolhouse, you will read the story of George Washington’s visit to the schoolhouse.
During the fall when the foliage of the leaves is at its peak, you will enjoy looking at all of the tress at the Newark Museum Garden. You can even take the perfect fall photo to send to family and friends. Watching all those leaves blown by the wind at the garden will make you feel so relaxed and energized.
When you are ready for historic sightseeing, you can visit Washington Park and Military Park in Newark. At Washington Park, you will see a bronze statue of President George Washington standing beside his horse. J. Massey Rhind created this masterpiece of General George Washington in 1914. At Military Park, you will see the most magnificent work of art in the entire city of Newark, the War of Americas bronze statue. Gutzon Borglum, the same sculptor who carved the presidents’ heads on Mt. Rushmore, created this colossal masterpiece in 1926, which honors all of our war heroes.
Those who admire President Lincoln and saw the Spielberg movie will love to see the Seated Lincoln Statue at the Essex County Courthouse. Gutzon Borglum created this life like bronze statue of Lincoln in 1911. At this statue, a pensive Lincoln sits at a bench and you can even sit next Lincoln for the perfect photo.
When you want to reward yourself for doing well on an exam, presentation or research paper, you can go to the Fine Performing Arts Center for an afternoon or an evening of theatrical performances. There are discounts for college students. You will feel like you are in Broadway, New York, for the Fine Performing Arts center is the cultural oasis of our city.
Do not spend all of your time at the college campus. Go out and see the historic sites and cultural attractions in Newark, New Jersey. Not only will you have fun, you will also learn about art, history and culture.