There is nothing like going for a swim when your body is craving a little relaxation. Why have I not taken the opportunity to go for a swim? It is not the homework. It is more than likely the hours in which the pools are open.
To my knowledge, the indoor pool in the University Center opens some time near 4:00 pm and closes at 8:00 pm on weekdays and opens at 8:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm on weekends. The time is somewhat acceptable.
Truthfully, there is a secret swimming time that some don’t know about. Between the hours of 6:00 am and 4:00 pm, one can go for a dip in the pool, but the only downfall to this time is the fact that there will not be a life guard on duty until 4:00 pm; this is weekdays, that is.
As for the outdoor pool, the Plunkett pool, that is, I believe it opens at 1:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 pm on weekends. As for its closing time, 6:00 pm would be it.
These times seem reasonable enough, do they not? Well, to me, they are not. The reason I say this is because seven out of every ten students are unable to make the time to enjoy the pools.
I, for one, don’t finish my homework until around 8:00 pm on a good day. “What about the weekend?” you may be asking. My weekends are not all free to have fun, and the same goes for other students. But honestly, I can get over the weekend situation because I can try to better manage my time over the weekends.
“What does all this mean?”
What this means is that we should encourage the closing hours for the pool to be pushed back two hours at the most. Asking for more than two hours would truly be asking for too much.
With an additional two hours, I would be able to get to the pool during the supervised hours. I am also hoping that the extra time would influence five out of the seven students who are unable to go swimming to do so.
Having the pool open later would supply more students extra time to swim and supply some with a needed chance to swim.
So far, those who use the pool in the University Center are those who are participating in water sports or aquatic classes, like water aerobics. Very few students seem to swim purely for the joy of swimming. We need to be able to put these facilities to use somehow during the week and an extra two hours would hopefully solve this problem.