In terms of weather, this summer at Lehigh has vacillated between soporific and salubrious. My form of air conditioning is cruising on my bike down Memorial Drive and onto Packard Ave., reveling in the breeze until I stop at the conveniently down-gradient ice cream shop, the Cup, for the last ingredient in my personal cooling routine. I don’t see many bikes on campus, mostly due to the colossal mountain Lehigh rests on, but biking about halfway up to where I live off campus on Montclair is achievable. Here is my once forlorn, now functioning and basket-clad bike. I call her Free Spirit:
She resembles my antiquated bike from Freiburg, Germany (pictured below) and is used for the same primary function: saving gas money for grocery shopping!
Though there is a tendency to become indolent during humid Lehigh summers, I use the impending ennui as motivation to explore campus and the surrounding Lehigh Valley. Rock climbing at Lehigh’s Taylor Gym is perfect; whether you’re experienced or not, there are plenty of climbing routes to keep you occupied for hours. During the school year, the most gregarious types of students work here. I was a newbie last year and they taught me technique and invited me on outdoor rock climbing trips. I wish I had known about the climbing wall before my junior year!
Summer at Lehigh has been more than bike riding and rock climbing, it’s been researching at Mountaintop and studying for the GRE, aka the SAT on steroids. For the potential students reading this, you may be too young to know if you want to go to graduate school yet, but by summer and autumn of your rising senior year, you will have to take this standardized test to apply to graduate schools. Now don’t let this impede you from your grad school aspirations, what’s the big deal of studying for one more test in the grand scheme of things? A nice perk of going to Lehigh for undergrad is that to be accepted into a Lehigh grad program, you don’t have to take the GRE. Also, if you graduate with a 3.80 undergrad GPA, you could get your first year of Lehigh grad school free.