SERENITY AND THE CITY

Find Peace in a Bustling City


By Rachel Dirksen

Photo by Sophia Kysela


Living in a city like Boston is full of excitement. The hustle of a city is why many college students decide to attend a school like Boston University.


Although many students come to urban universities to escape a more simplistic lifestyle, the peace of suburban life can often be missed when times get hectic. The buzzing city life begins to take a toll on your peace, which is why finding a place of serenity in the city is needed to support your mental health.


Here are five Boston spots that are perfect for clearing your head.


1. The Prudential Lawn


The Prudential Center is not only a great place to shop, but is also home to a beautiful open space

of grass and trees. The Prudential lawn is the perfect place to visit when you need to clear your head. Sitting on a bench or lying on the open grass, breathing in the fresh air can instantly ease any anxiety or stress. This spot may become your regular oasis in the city of Boston.


2. Boston Public Library


For the colder months, the Boston Public Library is a warm and inviting place that can bring

peace to an anxious mind. The library is full of various spots to relax with a book, or even just sit in silence. The library also has a beautiful courtyard that looks as if it’s straight out of a European postcard.


Wherever you find yourself in the Boston Public Library, you are sure to be in awe of the beauty and tranquility it exudes.



3. Trident Booksellers and Café


Located on Newbury St., Trident Booksellers and Cafe is a cozy book retail spot with a hole-in-the-wall type of feel. The cafe serves delicious coffee and features an all-day breakfast menu, providing the perfect addition to your day with a good book. Additional seating is located upstairs, as well as being surrounded by countless reading materials you’ll be sure to add to your want-to-read list.


4. Boston Public Garden


The Boston Public Garden is a complete escape from the busy streets and attractions of

Boston. The garden is full of gorgeous plants, fountains, and even statues that provide a

brush-up on the history of B-town. An afternoon spent at the public garden can feel like a

weekend away, especially by indulging in a beautiful picnic on the grass.


5. Charles River Esplanade


An infamous place for taking a stroll, the Charles River Esplanade is a beautiful location to clear your head. The trail is about three miles long, with amazing views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. Since the esplanade runs right along campus, it offers a convenient and peaceful setting to unwind between classes.


These spots are just a few of many relaxing getaways in Boston. When the stressors of school, work, or just city life in general begin to weigh you down, an hour or two spent at these locations is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.