Walking the Royal Mile

As the rain dried up and the weather began to warm in Scranton, I decided it was time to get outside and spend some time on campus.

As a second semester set to graduate in just under one short week, I decided that the best way to spend that time was by wandering around campus.

What better way to get all the views that Scranton has to offer while getting some active time in than walking the Royal Mile?

CHEW created the Royal Mile as a part of their Happy Trail series.

The Royal Mile is a one-mile loop stretching from North Webster Ave. down to Jefferson Ave. The loop encompasses campus and includes milestones like Leahy Hall, the Class of 2020 Gateway and the DeNaples Center in one short trip.

My walk started outside of my dorm in Romero D, and the first thing that met my eyes was Granteed’s Pizzeria. This restaurant has been a staple among my friend group over the past few years, and it was great to see so many people passing in and out of the glass doors.

Granteed’s is located on the corner of Monroe and Mulberry.

Next, I headed down Mulberry St. and across Jefferson Ave. where I passed Hyland and Leahy Hall, a walk that I used to dread but now miss in the times of online school.

I also had feelings of nostalgia when walking past St. Thomas and the Loyal Science Center, both of which held many of my general studies classes and major classes in the Communications Wing.

Walking around the back of the Loyola Science Center gave me some views that most students don’t typically have on campus. Continue reading

Wellness Day Gives Students a Chance to Recharge

Tuesday was Wellness Day at Scranton, which meant that no classes were to be held, virtually or in-person. The incorporation of this Wellness Day into the calendar was intended to give students a well-deserved break from the stress and work required by their classes. Students were not only given a break from their classwork, but they were also met with some spring-like temperatures and sunshine.

With temperatures finally rising above freezing, I was able to get out of my apartment to take a walk around campus and enjoy the weather.

March sun shining on the Founder’s Green on campus.

It was so nice to see so much activity on campus, from friends playing catch on the Founder’s Green to roommates spending time out on the Dionne Green to finish up their work for the day. Everywhere I turned, I was met with the sight of people out and about in Scranton, a tell-tale sign that this Wellness Day was not only appreciated but thoroughly enjoyed as well.

Aside from my brisk walk on campus, my Wellness Day was spent taking care of myself in various other ways. I was able to catch up on some much-needed sleep and head to the gym first thing in the morning to get my body moving. After the gym, I took my time to cook breakfast for myself, enjoying the feeling of not being in a rush to make it to my classes on time. After breakfast, I was able to settle in and get through some work I had for the week. After managing to get ahead of some work, banking up some more free wellness time for myself later on in the week, I decided to spend the remainder of my Wellness Day doing a few of my favorite things.

Blueberry lemon loaf cake, recipe via Instagram.

My favorite show, “Impractical Jokers,” was on, so I baked a new lemon loaf cake from a recipe I found on Instagram and sat down to watch the show.

This downtime allowed me to zone out for a while, and I found my mind gradually slipping away from the responsibilities and strict schedule that normally keep me on my toes.

Wellness Day gave me the perfect opportunity to wind down and take care of my body’s needs, while still being able to be productive and get ahead on my schoolwork.

I am already looking forward to the next Wellness Day (March 24) when no classes are in session!