Why we love Memorial Glade more than anything else

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UC Berkeley is iconic for its Free Speech Movement Cafe sandwiches and abundance of EECS majors, but we tend to forget how dear our beloved Memorial Glade is. Only recently have students begun spending their downtime sprawled on beach towels lined up and down Memorial. To show our own personal Glade appreciation, we’ve outlined the main reasons that this student-favorite spot is single-handedly responsible for UC Berkeley’s reputation as the No. 1 public university in the world.

There’s nothing productive about laying on the Glade
This sounds like a joke, but seriously: Scheduling time for a stress-free break is important. We go to a school where everyone seems to be fueled with overwhelming motivation and are either searching for their next internship, applying to another club or working toward world peace. Sometimes it’s nice to do nothing and remind ourselves that even the most intimidating people at UC Berkeley are people too.

It’s perfect for naps
On some days, it’s really difficult to get through your classes without taking a quick nap to restore your energy. When you only have an hour between your back-to-back classes, you’re not going to have enough time to head back to the dorms. Fortunately, all you’ll need is a shady Glade spot, a soft sweater you can bundle into a pillow and your earphones.

It’s a great place for picnics
Even on your busiest days, it’s important to make sure you aren’t skipping meals, and luckily, meals make for a great opportunity to take a social break. Text a few close friends or a classmate you want to get to know better, and bond over a Golden Bear Cafe quesadilla.

There are dogs
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. There are so many dogs on the Glade, and who can say no to dogs? You might even say that there are more dogs than one knows what to do with, but really, we’re not complaining. If nothing else, come for the dogs.

You get an astounding view of the Campanile
Unique to Berkeley’s campus, the Campanile is enough to make just about any day better, and the view you get from the Glade is 10/10. Even if you decide to bring your homework with you (which we’d strongly advise against), this picture-perfect image will serve to inspire you when you’re ready to give up.

The Glade can’t be missed, especially when the sun’s out. If you’re looking for any reason to treat yourself, do yourself a favor — let yourself be present as you sink into the greenness of the Glade and feel whole with the rest of the student body.

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