Red Square Oasis

Red Square in the afternoon on a Tuesday.

“You’re going to hell” Red Square is place where people often come together including protestors and religious zealots and evangelizers, but it’s also a place to hang out before and after class. Students hang out around grassy areas near the buildings framing the square, as well as a fountain in the center of the square that continuously spouts back into itself. Because of how enticing the different seating areas in Red Square are, students continually take up the space and become the targets of protesting all year round. The is in the middle of Western Washington University(WWU), making it a safe environment for students to come together. Other than the protestors but they aren’t there everyday.

Enjoying the sun for as long as we will get it, I sit. I sit at one of the tables, observing the crowd as the WWU students make their way to class. Strangers passing each other, brushing by or halting for one another to make it to their destination in time. Trying to soak up the sun as much as they can before they have to sit for a couple hours admiring the weather from the windows. Making it hard to concentrate, while you see everyone revolving themselves around the square. Watching while students pick their spots to study or just relax.

The sound of skateboarders wheels rolling on the bricks and chatting mouths fill the air. The couple by the fountain, hand in hand, admiring each other. Making everyone around them uncomfortable while they giggle and kiss each other. It’s cute at first that there is hopeless love here on campus, but it gets to be too much when they don’t take it to a private place. There is only so much us bystanders can take.

Rainy days bring out the grogginess and takes away the love on campus. Hoods up, faces looking down at the ground as we swiftly move by each other to get back into a building and covered up. Though we are used to the rain, most of us still wish the rain would just take a long pause and give the sun more of a chance to shine. Protesters, singers, booths, and students there to hangout are gone from the square and quietness fills their absence.

There is a smoker spot in Red square that is filled whether rain or shine. The smokers at the smoker’s corner there enjoying their death sticks. Still taking the time to stop and feed their addiction while others pass them, ready to get undercover and go in somewhere warm. The students minding their own business and continuing on their way. In college, no one cares if you are smoking on campus in an area that is know and well used during the day. This would not fly at a high school.

The front of Miller Hall where Miller Market is.

Another place to go to in Red Square is Miller Market. It’s a little convenient market for the staff and students to stop at the grab a quick coffee or snack. Everyday the Market has two different soups that they bring out, which is soothing on a cold day. On sunny days, Miller Markets big hit is an iced coffee to feel cool and refreshed. People go in with the thought of getting warm and soup and coffee usually fill their need. Enjoying these items in the glass walled room. Being able to sit at a table and work on your studies or eat your food, your eyes tend to wonder off and look outside. If you think about it, you are just in the middle of Miller hall, not having much of a view, but still experiencing some of the outside with clear glass windows.

I asked my friend Nick Gillett about most of his days in Red Square, “I usually strategically maneuver around the people handing out flyers etc. and grab some tea at Miller Market before going to my next class.” After Nick shared this with me, I noticed a handful of people do the same thing to avoid those awkward encounters.

The students don’t usually get to enjoy the sunshine. Occasionally, when the sun does come up everyone is out exploring or continuing their day on campus till they are done with classes. Stopping between classes to soak up the sun. Sipping on their flavorful iced coffee while chatting by the fountain.

As a student at Western Washington University, choosing Red Square as my place was such a good place to follow. The majority of students have at least one class in the square or they are attracted to the hangout aspect of the square as they wait for their next class. With the square being so known and such a main region on campus, I knew I would be able to get an observation done. Listening, watching, and learning what all these students do during their free time or their five minutes left to get to class. Students had never noticed that I was spying on them. Observing but not engaging in their activities. Noticing the couple but them not noticing me. I was sneaky because I wanted to make sure no one was influenced to change their ways of being just because I was watching them. I wouldn’t have chosen any other place to do my work on, Red Square is too eventful to just turn away from.

Sources

“Miller Hall (MH).” Campus Buildings: FullContent. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2016.

Interviewed Nick Gillett, sophomore at WWU

Rhetorical Assessment

1. A general audience is the people who are going to read my article. Since I did this from a student point of view, I think that anyone could read it if they wanted to see a different perspective. To me I was thinking my audience for Medium is students at Western Washington University.

2. I told my reader that I was observing Red Square to see the interactions and how people are. I would drop in that I was watching people or observing. I did that so that people knew that I was out there watching. So that they know real situations that go on in Red Square.

3. While writing this review I felt like it was a long thick description kind of just describing everything you see in Red Square. It gives you a good outlook of Red Square if you don’t go here.

4. The design of my review is pretty simple and the pictures go along with the work I did. It flows easy but also attracts the reader back in to keep them invested in the review. The meaning of the review is informational and opinionated to keep a good mix so the reader doesn’t get bored of reading.

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