Having the city of Houston at your fingertips is one of the great things about being a student at Rice. There are so many great restaurants and places to explore, and a quick car ride or trip on the Metro can have you on an adventure in no time.
A unique place in Houston that I love to visit is called Discovery Green. Located in the middle of downtown, Discovery Green is a large park that holds fun events and exhibitions that are free to the public. If you take the Metro Rail, which has a stop right next to Rice’s campus, it’s only about a 15-20 minute ride. (Fun fact: Every Rice student is given a Metro card for free!)
A few weeks ago, an interactive art installation called “moonGARDEN” was held at Discovery Green, and some friends and I decided to check it out. The exhibition featured 22 large “orbs” spread throughout the park. As we walked through, these illuminated spheres changed colors and projected images related to Houston’s history. We got a lot of really cool pictures, and enjoyed getting to interact with this one-of-a-kind exhibit. (While we were there exploring, we also stumbled upon a group of poetry writers who wrote poems for us on the spot, which was an unexpected surprise.)
Rice provides its students with a variety of opportunities to get off campus and explore. One program in particular, run by a club on campus called Rice Program Council, is called “Passport to Houston”. This program provides students with free admission to Houston museums, recommendations for restaurants, and tickets to sporting events, cultural festivals, performances, and so much more!
Though Rice students often have trouble making it out “beyond the hedges”, making a trip off campus with friends to eat, shop, volunteer, etc. is a great way to unwind from the stress that comes with being a college student. With one of the largest cities in the country as Rice’s backdrop, we truly have endless opportunities!