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Hi, my name is Minh and I am from Vietnam.

My ranking of the places where I felt happy seems to reflect very well of my personality. I feel happy to be immersed in nature and to enjoy my own space. I have been looking for myself a personal space to spend a bit of everyday reflecting on myself or just relaxing. That is why the Morris Woods appears as a wonderful place for me. As I seat there, surrounded by tall green trees and the sounds of birds chirping, I feel as peaceful and happy as if it was home. The Woods is also quite distanced from the campus center, therefore, apart from the sounds of nature, it is quiet. As such, it is also an ideal place of concentration for me.

It was hard for me decide the positions of the remaining places as the glass staircase in Dalton, the English House and the lab in Park Science are the same to me. They all are separated from nature but have a nice view to the greens. I also feel happy at the parking lot but somehow do not really like to be distracted by the cars and people moving in and out of the lot.

So here is my ranking:

  1. Morris Woods
  2. English House
  3. Staircase in Dalton Hall
  4. Room 20 Park Science
  5. Parking lot

As for the plants, I think they receive enough sunlight, fresh air and good soil at the five places. However, what make the differences might be where the trees have a good connection to the people. If I were a tree (who can never move), I would like to stay where I can actually be around people to observe their lives and activities rather than being in a lonely corner all the time. A plant would be happy in a lively place. That being said, trees at the parking lot should be the happiest, then come those around Dalton Hall and then those around English House.

Plants in Morris Woods are happy in another way. When I visited the Morris Woods, I heard the trees whispered in the wind loudly and excitingly as if they were welcoming me. Then the rustling continued as if they were immersed in their own conversations, with their own different language. Somehow I got the feeling that they really enjoyed being there!

Perhaps one of the most important points to decide if a plant (or a person as well!) is happy or not is also that whether people care about it enough to protect it instead of hurting it. It seems that all plants on campus are happy since they are very well-preserved.