a guest blog by Haley Braker, a student at Rose-Hulman, for RHIT and prospective students
As a student the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, there is a stigma that surrounds us that we don’t go out much due to the “immense amounts of homework that we have” … which is only somewhat true. However, as I am continuing through my third year here at Rose, I have encountered plenty of opportunities to explore the Terre Haute community and all that it offers during my many study breaks.
Terre Haute provides a multitude of locations to take a break from whatever you are doing and relax. Maggie & Moe’s Poplar Flowers is a plant shop I recently discovered that exudes beauty and life the second you walk in. Covered floor to ceiling in all sorts of different plants, pots and flowers, I easily find myself forgetting about any homework assignments I have yet to finish. I recently just bought a beautiful Golden Pothos plant during their 25% off specialty sale and I am already excited to return to enjoy the environment to purchase new décor.
Towards the north end of Terre Haute about 12 minutes away from Rose-Hulman’s campus lies the Moon Lite Drive-In Theater. I have many fond memories of this location. One of them is watching the movie, It and its sequel with a small group of friends before the start of the fall semester. I find the perfect time to go there is in late August, as classes have not yet started and the weather at night is just right for you and your friends to be able to pack a bunch of pillows and blankets to enjoy the outdoor movie theater.
One of the perks of being a student athlete at Rose-Hulman is the beautiful park that sits right behind campus – Hawthorne park. As a cross country runner, my team and I train in the park every day, usually training on the 3.5-mile loop that it provides or we create a new course through the various paths that the trail can lead you towards. It is not unusual for us to see families camping in this massive park. In the heart of the park, you can find people taking a casual stroll throughout the trail or even fishing at the large pond. My cross country team and I utilized the shelters around the park for our socially-distanced bonding events like a team gift exchange. Ultimately, whether you’d like to attend Hawthorne park for an event, a walk or a run, I highly suggest you make use of all the land it has to offer.
My Golden Pothos and I!
Terre Haute is stocked with all your favorite restaurant chains: Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, as well as many others. However, what has really grabbed my attention is how good the local restaurants are in town. Let’s just say, if you’re visiting Terre Haute, make sure you stop at Cackleberries, AKA the best breakfast and lunch restaurant ever. The service is amazing, the food is superb and you basically have a 100% chance of finding someone you know enjoying a delicious meal. It’s definitely a spot that I frequent on the weekends to order the Italian skillet and have leftovers for the rest of the day.
For lunch, I enjoy going to the Royal Mandarin Express located in the Meadows Shopping Center down on Ohio Street. I swear, they give you the most fried rice and amazing Mongolian chicken that does not hurt my fragile college budget. Along the lines of Asian cuisine, Zeng’s sushi is some of the best I’ve ever had. Located farther downtown, I love grabbing some lo mein or edamame if I’m feeling a little more extravagant with my taste palette.
Around dinner time, a hot spot for some sit-down Mexican food is Taco Tequila’s. The food is incredibly tasty and the staff there is amazing – they always end up cracking jokes with the customer and creating such a fun atmosphere in the restaurant. Plus, their salsa is TO DIE for! I find myself nearly full after filling myself up with two rounds of their complimentary chips and dip. As far as entrees go, you really cannot go wrong – from fajitas, to wet burritos, to steak tacos, it is all amazing and affordable cuisine.
Photo provided by Cackleberries Facebook
Being a student athlete is exciting, as it gives me reason to explore different trails and locations around Terre Haute. Deming park is a large, nearby outdoor space that offers seasonal activities. People in Terre Haute can see the annual Christmas light in the winter or just enjoy a casual picnic in the park on a spring day. For more hiking action, located on Wabash street near Brown Avenue, you’ll also find the ISU stadium loop in the shape of the state of Indiana, located on the perimeter of the Indiana State University football stadium.
One of the biggest advantages to having two other universities so close nearby also calls for lots of sports activities going on nearly every week of the year. It’s always exciting when Saint Mary of the Woods’ students visit Rose’s campus for the annual Crosstown Classic or when we have our annual cross country invitational where we, a Division III school, are able to race against Indiana State University’s team, a Division I school.
When finalizing my college decision, I not only chose Rose-Hulman for its outstanding programs but for the city of Terre Haute that I could envision myself living in during my academic career. I have been fulfilled with so many great memories with friends and amazing food and beverages locations to celebrate my college years. Terre Haute has exceeded my expectations for a city and I am very grateful that I am able to live here!