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For a documentary class, Michael Bernstein ’08 set out to show fellow
students in their favorite spots on campus. To accompany the photos, he
asked each subject to write about why he or she had chosen that
particular location—what made it that person’s “sanctuary.”
Picture this: A few of our favorite places
“My idea behind the project was to allow people to express themselves in
terms of space,” says Bernstein. “By asking people to justify their
selection, I sought to understand what about the space made it their
favorite. Do they do something they love in the space? Is it a place of
contemplation? Does it make them feel safe or happy?
“As the project progressed, I began to wonder whether the space that we
label as our ‘favorite’ tells something more about us. Personally, I am
fascinated by how people choose to represent themselves. I like thinking
about the things people choose to wear, the way they choose to carry
themselves. I believe self-representation is a means by which the
subjective experience is expressed.”
My sunroom is my favorite place because it can be a place for me to get
away from the world when I need to. I can close the doors and open the
window and just take some time off for myself. I can study, read, call
friends or family, take a nap—anything. In the daytime the sun pours
through the window and warms the whole room. At night it’s cool and
quiet (relatively). And it’s a great conversation starter.
Sarah Goldstein '08
West Linn, Oregon
I sleep a lot.
My bed is where I go for some time alone.
My feather bed is amazing.
Angela Chen '08
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
The electronic music studio is my favorite place on campus because it’s
where I come to be a musician. I’ve recently taken a big interest in
electronic dance music, so being here allows me to try and compose music
like I listen to; without access to the studio I imagine it would be
pretty hard to do that. It’s a place I can just come and think about how
to arrange a feeling into a composition. Plus, it’s always really quiet
and I can lose myself.
-- Stephen Laux '08,
St. Louis, Missouri
My favorite spot is my room because I can meditate on God. Here is where
I dive into the infinite.
Marco Moreno '07
This room’s probably the most overstimulating room on campus. And I mean
that in the best way possible. There are colored lights everywhere,
little plastic animals glued to the wall, old In-n-Out
containers littering the floor and tables, obscure Disney music blaring
on the record player, and all sorts of interesting people lounging on
one of the most comfortable couches to exist. So, it’s a fun room—I’m
probably here more often than in my own room, whether talking to Andrew,
other sponsor group members, or watching B-grade horror movies.
Maggie Murray '08
The gym is my sanctuary. No matter how I feel, whether I am having the
best day of my life or about to have a nervous breakdown, every time I
leave the gym I feel better than when I entered it. No matter what
distractions or problems I have, for an hour a day I can turn off my
phone and just focus on feeling good, which is something no other place
can match. Thus, the gym, my sanctuary, is my favorite place.
Michael Stout '08