Retreating to Taos

taosBy Mehdi Hami

Over Labor Day weekend, I took a trip to Taos, New Mexico, home to one of SMU’s three campuses. When people think of Taos, they think of the art and culture that defines the town. Of course, it is all that, but also so much more.

First of all, the Taos campus is huge. It’s bigger than the campus in Dallas! That means tons of room to jog, mountain bike, and build campfires. With its cool weather, I ended up taking long walks with my friends and sitting around several campfires. From playing games to singing songs, the best times in Taos were the ones spent outdoors.

Even though the campus is rather large, the buildings are all close to each other. The casitas (small dorms), cafeteria, auditorium, and tennis/basketball courts are all centrally located close to each other. There’s even a library and computer lab filled with Mac desktops. The Taos campus is really a college campus! Students have spent a whole semester there before and lots of SMU students take advantage of summer semesters in Taos.

One thing I always get excited about when I go to the Taos campus is the food. They have the best food there. There’s a small, wonderful staff of ladies working to keep us fed with amazing food at all times. In all honesty, even with all the hiking and biking, I gained about 5 pounds in the three days I spent in Taos. But believe me, it was all worth it.

Taos is a beautiful place that every SMU student should make room for in their four years at school. I’ve been there three times already, and I’m planning on going one last time as a senior.

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