A Break in the City

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Philadelphia Skyline. Photo taken by Christopher Shallow.
Philadelphia Skyline. Photo taken by Christopher Shallow.

Studying in college can be time consuming and stressful, and everyone needs a break at some point. The best thing to do after a long study session is to find a way to relax and take your mind off of schoolwork for a little while. Spending time with your friends and socializing for a little while seems to be one of the best ways to do this. The city of Philadelphia is widely known for two things: our sports and our food. As a student at Saint Joseph’s University, there are a few ways to take advantage of what our beautiful city has to offer. 

Reading Terminal Market

One of the most popular food locations in Philadelphia is Reading Terminal Market. Reading Terminal Market is one of America’s oldest public markets that offers a variety of foods and snacks to the citizens of Philadelphia. Some of the products that Reading Terminal Market offers include a wide selection of locally grown produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, the best seafood in the area, cheeses, baked goods, and confections. The perfect way to take a relaxing study break is to go into the city and visit Reading Terminal Market with roommates and friends. 

Reading Terminal Market Pre Covid-19. Photo taken by Annette Manzi

We received great feedback from SJU students who have recently visited Reading Terminal Market. Anthony Pesce, class of 2023, stated, “This weekend I went to the Reading Terminal Market. It was still packed with a bunch of people but nothing like before COVID. I had a lot of work to do this weekend so it was nice to take a break and go to the city for a nice meal.” Connor Devine, class of 2023, said, “I went to the Reading Terminal Market a few weeks ago with my Dad and we were both pretty surprised at the amount of people there. I was having a rough weekend with work so my dad wanted to take me out to get a nice meal as a break. While it was different before COVID-19 definitely still worth it.”   

Philadelphia Sports Arenas

Right across the city, in South Philadelphia, is the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is home to the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field. These stadiums are hosts to Philadelphias beloved Flyers, 76er’s, Phillies, and Eagles. Philadelphia prides themselves as being a sports city and having an incredible amount of love and passion for these four teams. For a while, there were no sporting events due to COVID-19 and when they began playing again fans were not allowed. Now, fans are being let into these games at a limited capacity! One of the most fun things that you can do living in this city is to attend a Philly sporting event whether it be hockey, basketball, baseball, or football. This would also be a great way to decompress after a long week of studying for a big exam. 

Citizens Bank Park at 25% capacity. Photo taken by Anthony Seiler.

We also talked to SJU students who have recently attended a Philadelphia sporting event. Rob Shangle, class of 2023, said, “I was lucky enough to attend the first Sixers game back to 25% capacity on April 4th. While it wasn’t like a normal basketball game you could tell the players really enjoyed getting fans back. It was nice because I had a lot of work that day and was able to end my night enjoying a basketball game downtown.” Anthony Seiler, class of 2023, attended a Phillies game recently and said, “I attended a Phillies game a few weeks ago. Nothing like what I am used to. I was surprised to see how far apart us as fans had to sit. Most of the time the games are packed so this was a very different experience for me. Overall, it was a really fun experience and was a nice break from doing school work.” 

Next time you are in need of study break take our advice and travel into the city! Leave a comment and give feedback on other activities you enjoy in Philadelphia for a study break.