When visiting students arrive on campus, their first instinct is to ask, “So, what is there to do around here?” They take one look around and think there is nothing going on; but they would be sadly mistaken. Misericordia is actually deceptively busy. We are always offering something fun to do on- and off-campus along with the natural attractions that we are fortunate to have surrounding us.
At Misericordia, you really don’t have to look far to find some kind of entertainment. Misericordia brings in comedians, magicians, musicians, and arranges plenty of activities that will let you win awesome awards. We also offer tickets to local sporting events such as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Railriders, and concerts throughout the area. I have to say that attending sporting events on campus, though, is one of my favorite go-to activities. Just recently, Misericordia’s women’s soccer team hosted a playoff game on our campus. The stands were packed and everyone was going crazy watching as the Misericordia Cougars won the game. Regardless of the sport, games always draw a good crowd; and, you don’t have to be an athlete to get excited about these events and have fun.
For those who want to get off campus, students can walk to downtown Dallas where you will find a variety of stores and food options (did I mention that northeastern PA has the best pizza in the country?), or take advantage of Misericordia’s shuttle system that will take you from place to place. You can go to the unique restaurants, shops, and movie theater in downtown Wilkes-Barre, or explore the Wyoming Valley Mall and surrounding retail area. It seems like there is always something new to discover with every trip.
Just right down the highway from campus, students can visit traditional barnyard and other unusual animals while getting fresh ice cream at The Lands at Hillside Farms, a local historic dairy farm. They have some of the best flavors and unique sundae creations that you can get year-round!
Students can also take advantage of our Study Abroad program and service trips that will take you out of your comfort zone and give you an experience that you will always remember.
And for those of you who appreciate nature, Misericordia is lucky enough to have two state parks, Frances Slocum and Ricketts Glen, and the largest natural lake in PA, Harveys Lake, located not too far from campus. Whether you are seeking adventure or just like the peace and quiet of the outdoors, you will not be disappointed. My personal favorite has to be the nature trails at Ricketts Glen. I’ve been there several times with friends and with my soccer team as well. It is one of the most beautiful parks that I have ever seen. The many waterfalls carved into the dense forest are breathtaking especially in the fall when the leaves are changing color. Every season offers a new perspective that is worth seeing.
At Misericordia, students have the opportunity to escape into the wilderness through SOAR, an outdoor adventure and recreation club. You can develop new skills by participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, biking, and camping. They even arrange an annual ski/snowboarding trip to Vermont after finals in December. Misericordia also has a ski/snowboard club that makes frequent trips to Montage Mountain, a local ski resort, every winter.
In my opinion, Misericordia is the best of both worlds. We offer many opportunities for students to enjoy their experience within a beautiful, active campus while having easy access to surrounding attractions and entertainment. Being positioned just down the road from the small town of Dallas, a short drive to the city of Wilkes-Barre, and also a few miles from state parks, students can easily change environments and find plenty to do to satisfy all interests. With Misericordia, you really don’t have to look far to find the perfect college.
- Drew Jarvie '20, History/Secondary Ed. Drew is a sophomore and is also a member of Misericordia University's men's soccer team. He enjoys hiking, playing sports, and volunteering as a referee for his hometown soccer leagues in Lancaster, PA.
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