St. Olaf Campus Tour 2016

St.  Olaf Campus Tour 2016

Welcome to St. Olaf College. Let’s take a
tour of some of the great places you’ll find here on campus. First up, Buntrock Commons, the central hub of the St. Olaf campus. Here you’ll
do everything from eating fantastic meals in Stav Hall the cafeteria to
dancing the night away in the Pause the student night club. There’s also the
Viking Theater which is a great place to catch a movie on the weekends and
Fireside which is a great place to curl up with a good book next to a crackling
fire. Buntrock also has the campus bookstore,
the post office where you can stuff Friday flowers into your secret admirers
post office box and the Cage where you can grab a hot cup of coffee or a quick
meal to go. In addition to all that there’s also a bunch of study spaces
here in Buntrock that I personally like to use because I always see my
friends as they pass back and forth through the campus. We’re here in the Reference Room in
Rolvaag Memorial Library. There are lots of different places to study in the
library. Some people say it’s kind of a maze because there are so many rooms
and floors and places to go but there’s a different type of space for everybody.
There’s really a great place to study by yourself or if you want to collaborate
with a group. There’s definitely something that will
suit everybody. The English department is next door and the classrooms over there
are structured for small classes that lend themselves well to discussions
where you can learn a lot from each other and your professors. This is Boe Chapel. Here we have daily
chapel as well as a traditional Sunday Lutheran service. That’s not to say
though that many students are bringing with them a multitude of faith
backgrounds which we strongly support. In fact, these flags represent the more than
75 nations where students currently hail from. Welcome to Skoglund Center. This is our
main campus athletic facility. We got a ton of fun things to do here,
got two field houses, a weight room, a cardio room, a swimming pool, and a rock
wall. With such great facilities, this is the center for athletics on campus, be it varsity
sports, intercollegiate club, or intramurals. About 80% of our student body
is involved in some type of campus athletics. Welcome to Regents Hall of Natural and
Mathematical Sciences. This is one of the newest buildings at St. Olaf. Regents
has four floors with great study nooks, classrooms with gorgeous views, bright
spacious labs, and a dedicated science library. My favorite place in Regents is
the fourth floor atrium where I can do my homework and hang out with friends.
Regents has state-of-the-art equipment and labs where students get hands-on
research experience in a variety of disciplines. Our anatomy lab here in Regents Hall of
Natural Sciences is a place for nursing students, bio majors, and pre-med students
like me spend a lot of our time. St. Olaf has a lot of great spaces that allow for
hands-on learning like our rooftop garden and greenhouse as well as
technology like our NMR machine. Working with our science professors and the
Piper Center for Vocation and Career helps our pre-med and nursing students
get research opportunities and internships at local hospitals and care
centers which is a really great medical career experience. So this is Kelsey
Theater. It’s a proscenium stage theater and it’s right in the heart of campus.
It seats about 300 people and in our theater department we have five
department shows. One of them is always a musical. As a student here I’ve learned
that art is truly a collaborative experience. I also worked with dance
majors, I worked with art majors both 2d and 3d art, and then I also work with
faculty members who are not only teachers but they’re also working
artists in the field and they can connect me with people across the United
States and even across the world. Urness Recital Hall is located in
Christensen Hall of music which is home to eight choirs, two orchestras, and three
bands, as well as a variety of student-led ensembles. St. Olaf College
has a wonderful music department that offers a Bachelor of Music and The
Bachelor of Arts for those who want to pursue performance, music education or
composition, but you don’t have to be a music major to participate in any of our
many music ensembles that we have here on campus. While the library is a great place to
acquire knowledge, students can apply that knowledge just across campus at the
Piper Center. Through internships and alumni connections, the Piper Center not
only helps students discover what their vocation is, but also connects them with
alumni who will help them find opportunities to pursue their passion
after they graduate. That’s the tour. We’ve also got many
other academic spaces, residence halls, about 20 language and honor houses,
and hundreds of acres of natural lands. To see those you’ll have to come to
campus and visit. See you soon.

3 Replies to “St. Olaf Campus Tour 2016

  1. would love to go here, and sing in the choir, but i don't have the grades to attend. Very unfortunate that grades are what is holding me back. Because my grades really don't reflect my abilities. But i guess it doesn't matter because that is the way the American education system decided to go. Kinda screws some of us who don't have the best grades but are very smart and abled. oh well.

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