VISIT NORTH OAK PARK - North Oak Park is surrounded by trees and during the fall can be extremely relaxing. There is a walking track for exercise, softball fields, a playground, water playground for kids and swings for the child in all of us.
RELAX UNDER FREINDSHIP OAK - Friendship Oak has been a part of our campus for years. It is a symbol of friendship, love, memories and growth. Every student should take time to sit under the branches and enjoy the cool shade of the tree. It is a great, quiet spot to study, have a picnic or just chill out with some friends. This can also be a perfect place to relax between stressful classes.
VISIT THE FARMER'S MARKET - If you like sustainable, organic food and supporting local farmers, then this is the place for you. Hammond’s Farmer’s Market offers a number of vendors who sell fresh vegetables, fruits and other organic products. Free up a Saturday morning and find out what the Hammond Farmer’s Market has to offer. The Farmer’s Market is located at 18 West Thomas Street.
ATTEND A SPORTS EVENT - Show your school pride and support your Lions and Lady Lions on the field and the court. Going to sporting events are exciting for more than just the sports. Athletic promotions and other organizations work hard to get the fans as involved as they can and to enhance the experience with contests, raffles, free T-shirts and more. Go and enjoy the atmosphere of a sporting event with your friends. Put on your university colors, go to a sporting event and Lion Up.
JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION - One of the best ways to make friends and to get a better college experience is by joining a student organization. For me, joining a club that was related to my major helped me to grow in my knowledge of my field and put me in a position to help the students that come after me. You can also participate in many events on campus by being in a student organization, but once you join, you have to participate.
ATTEND A FESTIVAL - Louisiana is the capital of culture. For every food or interest you may have, there is a festival for it. Many nearby cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Ponchatoula and Hammond host a slew of music, food and special interest festivals throughout the year. Festivals like the Renaissance Festival, the Brews Art Festival, the Literary Festival and Strawberry Festival are held locally.
GO TO RED, WHITE & BREW - A must once you are 21. The business owners are some of the nicest people you will meet and they know their wine. If you are looking for a specific taste, they can help you out. If beer is more your flavor, they have that as well. You will have the chance to try an exotic drink that you may not be able to find anywhere else and they have wine tasting. This establishment is located at 109 S Cypress St.
NAP ON THE FOURTH FLOOR - Say a student has a full day of classes, but they have that hour and half break in between. Why go all the way home or to an apartment to take a nap? The fourth floor of the library is always quiet and there are plenty of little nooks on the fourth floor to take a nap peacefully. Bring some headphones and set an alarm that will wake you up in plenty of time to get to class.