A Full Fall Day at Roger Williams University

All around campus students are getting outside to make the most of this beautiful fall weather.

By Justin Wilder
Sun setting on a fall afternoon in Bristol at Roger Williams University

BRISTOL, R.I. This fall might feel different compared to most others, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to have fun outdoors. Leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper, and the sun is setting earlier as students throughout the Bristol campus are finding ways to enjoy these final few long afternoons.

Down by the waterfront this past Friday, a group of sophomores were trying out the university’s new disc golf course. “For me, this was actually the first time I’ve played,” said biology major Sam Herman.

“Having an 18-hole course at your school definitely helps a lot. Especially with COVID, it’s a great activity to get outside and do. It’s a great area, we’re right on the water.”

Three students play disc golf on RWU's new course

The course has only been open for two weeks, but it’s already found some regulars. “We are all a part of the Ultimate Frisbee team here on campus,” said communications and graphic design major Jerrod Medeiros. “This is a great way to come out here and practice our throws.”

Further along the shell path, just between the trees, senior public health major Elsa Schloemer was setting up the newest ideal spot to catch up on a reading assignment. She had hung up her hammock between two trees, a new Friday afternoon tradition.

Senior stands in front of hammock ready to study

“This is a great place to get out and read,” said Schloemer, her copy of The Spirit Catches You on the ground nearby. “It’s really nice that we have our own little park area.”

Closer towards the center of campus there was music playing, the sunlight slowly dwindling. The turf field lights had been turned up bright as the women’s lacrosse team was warming up for practice. With all the cheering and laughter from the team, this fall day didn’t feel that different after all.

Women's lacrosse team groups up before practice