I understand how college tours
can be because I was also once looking for somewhere to go to college. College tours
are.... well, an interesting time. They are busy days of possibly seeing a couple of schools, doing a lot of walking, and hearing a lot of people talk about college. If you don't catch my drift, I didn't especially love touring colleges. I felt like I couldn't always get a real feel of what it might be like going there. Here's my biggest piece of advice - walk around campus by yourself to see how it feels! That's what ultimately led me to making a decision about college.
On the flip side, I was also a tour guide at DePaul. With my experience as a prospective student on hand when I gave tours, I did my best to show students what it might feel like going to DePaul, as opposed to telling people how old a certain building is - because really, that doesn't necessarily inform how your experience will be.
To aid in the process of getting a better feel for DePaul, I went out and took photos of a few spots that you don't get to see on your one hour tour. It's not that you don't get to see these spots because they are private, it's simply because there isn't enough time. However, these are some important and neat places. Scroll down for a short photo tour of some places that you probably didn't see on your DePaul tour.
Also, I'm no photography major and the photos aren't edited, so you really get a raw look at these places.
This is one of my favorite study spots on campus. There's a ton of sunlight and NICE computers to work on. Again, the best thing about this space is that the sunlight and windows are incredible.
The library is a stop on most tours, but you only get to see the first floor, if there is even time to step into the library. But, given that we go to college to learn, this is probably an important space because you could find yourself spending a lot of time here. The good news is that they just renovated the first and second floors, and I'm pretty sure there are plans to renovate other spaces in the library. Again, this spot offers pretty large windows!
Here's a spot you definitely don't get to see until your freshman orientation over the summer. The track is great for the cold winters. Also, the basketball courts are where many of the intramural games are held (soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball, etc). Although the picture isn't fantastic and it was a bit cloudy out, you can see the city from the track (8 minute trip on the train)!
Arts and Letters Room 415 - Awesome Classroom on Campus
Not every classroom in the world offers you a view like this one. It's a corner room with windows looking toward the city. I've never had a class in here, but I still try to sneak up there once in a while.
McCabe is a hall typically reserved for sophomores, juniors, and seniors; however, the space in front of it is really nice and a perfect escape from the indoors.
That's it for now. But again, if you've got a little bit of extra time I highly recommend taking a stroll around campus and seeing how it feels for yourself.