A Playground on the Quad: What Millikin Really Needs

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A Playground on the Quad: What Millikin Really Needs

Photo by Athena Pajer

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Have you ever wanted to go back to good ol’ days? You could go outside and play with your friends without a care in the world, play goofy games outside for the entire day, getting dirty in the end, and you’d be happy as a clam because you were young and didn’t have any worries about the real world.

As college students, we don’t get a lot of time to ourselves, and when we do, it’s to sleep for a few hours and eat a small meal to fuel us. Then we go back out and keep grinding, trying to get our degrees. There is no stopping for us and we are always doing something.

We are stressed out almost 24/7 and want to drop out of school every day. But there should be a solution to help us get through our years at Millikin.

The solution: a playground on the Quad.

How cool would it be to have a jungle gym and swing set smack dab in the middle of the Quad? College students should still be able to have fun and relieve some stress. What better way to do that than to bring back some of our good childhood memories?

If there was a swing set on the Quad, I would be on it every chance I could get because swinging was my favorite thing to do at recess in elementary school. Swinging as high as you can go and feeling the wind and sun on your skin was the best feeling. You were as close as you could get to being on top of the world and it was awesome.

Having a jungle gym on the Quad could be so beneficial to us students because we need to learn how to relax more and have fun. College students don’t have lives and we’re always buried up to our heads in our schoolwork. There should be a designated hour where students get to swing and climb on the jungle gym because we all know that everyone needs it.

I didn’t realize how much I miss being a child until I came to college. I wish we could still have fun like little kids do.

Oh wait–we still can. We just have to always act like grown-ups.

I don’t know about you guys, but being an adult is hard. And we’re not even full adults yet who are out in the real world! The real world is a scary place, so let’s ignore that for now and bring a jungle gym and swing set in so we can forget about all of our real adult problems for a little while.

College is a serious time to get focused about your life, but there should always be room to let school slip from your mind and to where you can have some fun. If we had a playground on the Quad, that would be the new and cool hotspot. Everyone would be going there because what’s not to like about a playground?

You have the swings that everyone loves and always tries to jump off of, the monkey bars that you played games on to see how long you can hold on, and the slides that sometimes gave you burns on your thighs if it was a really hot day.

Ah, the good times. It’s a shame that we all have to grow up and can’t be kids forever, but college students should be able to have a place they can go to get away and enjoy life.

Having a playground in the Quad may seem childish, but who cares? College students like to have fun too and college students still like to do goofy little kid things. I don’t think you can ever be too old to do childish things. We’re all children at heart, so let’s have something that satisfies that need of wanting true happiness, because we know that true happiness is finding an open swing on the swing set.

        

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