I can, of course, testify to the description found in this post concerning the quality of social life at the University of Chicago, where the words “study break” equated either “study another subject,” “brush your teeth,” “attend class,” or even “sleep for a few hours, but don’t overdo it.” But that’s not important right now. What is important is the discussion contained in the post concerning how best to refocus one’s thoughts during a study break; the post does a good job of making the case for a nature walk in a non-urban environment, or gazing upon nature scenes, as opposed to urban ones.
But I disagree with the post’s contention that it is difficult to take a nice nature walk around the University of Chicago. This is untrue; students, teachers, and Hyde Park residents all have access to Promontory Point and the surrounding environs, which is a twenty-odd minute walk from the U of C campus, and is a wonderful place to take a nature walk (I am going to go take one there later today, in fact). The Point is a great place for refreshing one’s mental outlook, and more U of C students ought to take advantage of it.
In addition, while the campus itself is set in an urban environment, there is much about it that is pleasant and bucolic. The environs of the University of Chicago certainly do allow for study breaks, even if the temperament of its students oftentimes do not.