The best campus resources you’ve neglected to use

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As you progress through your education at Elizabethtown College, you learn more about the campus. This could include when a certain building was constructed or a piece of long-forgotten history. But it could also include simple tips and tricks that make your life here on campus easier.
Trekking to the library and securing an available study room is frequently avoided by many students. There is no worse feeling than searching the library floor by floor only to find no perfect place to sit. Yes, there are many open seats but between that awful draft from the air unit or that annoying kid from your class sitting just down the row, you would never sit there. This search often leads to feeling defeated and irritated.
That’s why students should find alternative places to study. The Bird Cage is often overlooked. When Emotion dancers are not found lying all over the floor stretching you can often sit back and relax and study in peace. The Bird Cage is a prime location as well. All within the same building you can go to the bathroom, stroll upstairs for a meal, print outside of the Marketplace, get tutored, shoot some hoops and then cool off by taking a swim. The Bird Cage is also equipped with a pool table and a ping-pong table as well as a large TV.
Another problem students often come across is the lack of color printing at Etown. Previously, to print in color you either had to have your own printer, use a friend’s, or email the librarian your paper so he or she could print it in color for you.
Etown realized this problem and equipped one of the printers on campus with the ability to print in color. Now, in High library, you can print in color off of the copier and scanner located between the bathrooms and librarian’s office. By saving your work to a flash drive or public folder, you can open it on the copier and print your work from there in color.
If living in a dorm, you may find yourself sharing a bathroom with one to several students. These bathrooms can get awfully dirty by the end of the day and let’s not get started on Sunday evening when you want to close your eyes and not touch anything when walking into the bathroom.
That’s why some of the cleanest bathrooms on campus are found in the Marketplace. Students rarely use these bathrooms because the students are not in the Marketplace for long enough. You can always find yourself a nice clean stall, no hair or ramen noodles in the sink and a full roll of paper towels.
A great workout often overlooked by many can be swimming. The Alumni Pool is open to the public and students. This means you can attend free swim times and do a couple laps or just come with friends and play a few games of Marco Polo. The pool is open Monday through Friday for recreational swim from 9:00-10:30 p.m., Saturday 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00-5:00 p.m.
To help monitor your weight gain or loss you can monitor your body fat percentage. This measurement reflects the percentage of your body that is made up of fat and tells you how much of your weight comes from fat. You can find a body fat percentage scale in The Well. This scale will measure your height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. It also prints out a receipt for you to take with you so you can chart your progress.
Hopefully you feel more relieved now knowing that some of the stresses and frustrations in your life can be relieved. By taking a few of these steps, such as alternative workout methods and study spaces, you can lead a healthier, more peaceful life.

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