10 best things freshmen can do both on and off campus 

Kathryn Jodan, Features Writer

You only have four years at Samford, and there is so much to experience! To start your time at Samford off right, here are ten things to help you get the most out of your time at Samford and Birmingham:

1. Learn to swing dance:
You never know when this skill could come in handy, from Greek functions to Step Sing to Beeson Ball.

2. Mark your territory in Eno Village:
Whether it’s involving your Eno or a friend’s, an essential part of the freshman experience is found hanging in this ideal napping/studying/procrastinating spot in front of Vail Hall.

3. Watch a movie in Samford’s Christenberry Planetarium:
This is hands down one of the most fun ways to get convocation credit. The planetarium will show movies every two weeks or so.

4. Watch The Hanging of the Green and The Lighting of the Way:
Nothing breaks the craziness leading up to finals in December like watching Christmas decorations being hung in Reid and the Christmas tree light up on Centennial Walk. Between the hot chocolate, snacks, and a concert, this special time launches Samford into the Christmas season.

5. Participate in Step Sing:
Greeks, independents, athletes, and more duke it out with goofy songs and dances in Samford’s most beloved tradition.

6. Visit the Rainbow Tunnel:
A prime nighttime roller skating destination, this gem is right next to Railroad Park.

7. Climb the Vulcan:
Every step (or elevator button push) to the top of this statue is worth it when it comes to one of the best views of the Birmingham skyline.

8. Find the “It’s nice to have you in Birmingham” sign:
This made-for-Instagram mural is found at John’s City Diner.

9. Visit Pepper Place Market:
From 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Pepper Place has music, cooking demonstrations, and vendors galore. Pro tip: Piper & Leaf tea jars are the ideal Pepper Place mementos.

10. Try Steel City Pops:
Creamy, fruity, or cookie, you can’t go wrong with any of these sweet treats.


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  1. Much love from Piper and Leaf! Thank you for including us in a tea-riffic article!

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