Taking Classes at the ARC

In my two years in Champaign, not once had I signed up for a class at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). That is, until my roommate convinced me to take a class with her.

For $5 each, we signed up for an herb planting class. And you know what? It was amazing.

The class began at 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday evening. We arrived to find only four other participants, two instructors, and a table full of mason jars and herbs.

The class began with an introductory powerpoint all about herbs, ranging from planting tips to the multiple uses for herbs. Then, the instructors used our fresh rosemary to sprinkle on top of homemade potato french fries for us to snack on while we planted. Finally, it was time to get our hands dirty.

Photo by Rachel Hernandez

The final products were absolutely adorable, and each participant got to take home three herb plants each. That meant six plants for just my apartment! We each got one basil, one rosemary, and one parsley.

Would I recommend taking classes at the ARC to future and current Illini? Yes, absolutely, 100%. Not only was the class inexpensive, but it was such a fun way to spend time with my roommate, hone in my gardening skills, and meet new people. I will definitely be back for more classes, and recommend that all UIUC students do the same!

Photo by Rachel Hernandez

To discover our current classes, check out the Campus Recreation calendar here!

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