The 47 things our student bloggers feel all Brockport students should experience.
The Winging It bloggers, who write throughout the year about their lives here at the College, brainstormed the things they find to be integral to the Brockport student experience. Covering food (plenty of it!), local scenery, events, traditions, and more, this list — presented in no particular order — gives a snapshot of the many layers encompassed in Brockport student life.
1. Take a walk along the Erie Canal
Easily accessible both from campus and from within the Village, the wide pathways and grassy areas along this historic waterway (stretching 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo) are popular for runners, bicyclists, and study sessions, too.
2. Take an Improv Theatre class
3. Enjoy ice cream from Abbott’s on a hot day
4. Join the Leadership Development Program
This nationally acclaimed program helps students grow as leaders through mentorship, workshops and seminars, community service and social action projects, and an annual conference.
5. Go window shopping at all the boutiques on Main Street
From trendy secondhand and vintage clothing to antiques to room décor, the shops along Main Street offer a wide variety, prominently displayed in their large picture windows.
6. Eat a 5-Star Plate from Jimmy Z’s
7. Take a Zumba class at the SERC
8. Get a coffee from Java Junction
9. Attend home sporting events
Brockport is a NCAA Division III college with 23 varsity sports, advancing to NCAA Tournament competition more than 50 times. Especially popular among our bloggers are football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, and gymnastics.
10. See a movie at The Strand
Conveniently located on Main Street, The Strand offers $2 off evening showtimes with college ID.
11. Collect as many free T-shirts as you can
12. Attend Eagle Day
This free event near the end of the academic year offers food trucks and a carnival atmosphere with games and activities like bounce houses, henna tattoos, and caricature drawings.
13. Attend Wing Fest
This annual tradition during the last week of classes provides free food and activities to de-stress, as local food vendors compete for the title of the best chicken wings in Brockport.
14. Study at Drake Memorial Library until closing time with friends — or pull an all-nighter
15. Take a morning jog around campus on the weekend
16. Try Stoneyard’s honey fried chicken
17. See the Festival of Ten in the Tower Fine Arts Center
This biennial audience favorite includes 10 ten-minute plays culled from an international search, which run the gamut from emotional dramas to broad comedies. Yes, all that in just 10 minutes each.
18. Try a White Heaven at Jitterbugs on campus
Composed of two shots of espresso, Ghirardelli white chocolate, Ghirardelli caramel, hazelnut, and milkshake mix, the White Heaven is available served hot, iced, or frozen — the latter being its most popular form, shown here.
19. Attend a reading from a visiting author through the Writers Forum
Over 50 years, the series has brought more than 500 authors to campus to read from their work and chat with students and the community. The guests have collectively received 40 Pulitzer Prizes, 26 National Book Awards, and five Nobel Prizes for Literature.
20. Try one of our 40+ intramural/club sports
21. Attend a Brockport Student Government senate meeting
22. Take a day trip to Holley Falls
This quiet spot to unwind is just a 10-minute drive from campus.
23. Go to an art exhibit at the Tower Fine Arts Center
24. Have a conversation with an international student
25. Hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra play at Tower during their annual fall visit
Students can also get discounted tickets to selected RPO performances at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester.
26. Get involved with one of our 120+ student clubs
Whether based in hobbies, creative pursuits, academic interests, or causes close to your heart, you’re sure to find multiple clubs that feel like home — or you can start one of your own!
27. Attend a presentation at the Diversity Conference
28. Present a paper or project during Scholars Day
29. Get a job on campus
30. Go to Wegmans
This regional supermarket chain, headquartered in Rochester, consistently ranks among the nation’s best supermarkets and employers. A popular shopping destination for our students, it’s open 24 hours, located less than two miles from campus, and a regular stop on the campus shuttle route.
31. Pick up a good used book for cheap in the basement of Lift Bridge Book Shop
32. Take part in the Homecoming parade
33. Meet the president
Dr. Heidi Macpherson, who took office in July 2015 and is the College’s first female president, is actively involved in campus life and attends countless events each week, so you’re sure to cross paths with her.
34. Grab wings or pulled pork mac and cheese at 58 Main
35. Eat breakfast at Stoneyard Breakfast Company
36. Play a massive game of Risk with the History Forum
Each semester, this student club organizes a supersized version of the Hasbro board game, where military-themed attire is highly encouraged. Just one example of our students indulging proudly in their eclectic interests.
37. Go to the Brockport Arts Festival in the summer
38. Work out in the SERC at 6 am
39. Meet alumni that come through during events — great networking!
40. Meet Ellsworth, our campus mascot
41. Eat at every pizza place in Brockport
Along with national chains like Pizza Hut and Domino’s, Brockport boasts many local pizza joints, including several right on Main Street. Compare and see which one suits your tastes. Most deliver to campus, and several accept payment through Easy Money, a debit account linked to your student ID card.
42. Play with the laser cutter and 3D printer in Drake Library’s Makerspace
43. Meet famous celebrities during alumni events
44. Play in a video game tournament
45. Pie your RA
An occasional fundraiser held on campus allows students, for a small fee, to throw a pie in the face of their Resident Assistant. It’s stress relief for a good cause.
46. Drink a milkshake from Seaward Candies
47. Rent a bike from the campus bike-share program