They may not be raindrops or whiskers, but these are my favorite things from Yale. (My favorite things from my travels elsewhere will follow later.)
In no particular order:
The tintinnabulation of the bells of Harkness Tower in Branford college mesmerized me my first night on campus. That night I arrived to Yale at the start of the 7:00 pm carillon. The peeling chimes can be heard for miles, including the block of 91 Howe, and created, for me, personal zen.
The first two photos were taken on High Street, the campus view of Harkness Tower.
Check out information about the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs. This is where you will find me next summer! http://www.yale.edu/carillon/yamasaki.htm
The last two photos were taken inside the courtyards of Branford college. You get this view on the campus tour or if you live in this residential college as a student. The residential colleges provide everything the students needs: dorm sleeping, cafeteria, buttery (snack bar), library, common room, gym, dance studio, music labs, and much more. There are 12 residential colleges at Yale and students are assigned to them as Freshmen. It's like Hogwarts without the sorting hat; I would want Branford as vehemently as Harry doesn't want Slytherin. Get more information about the residential colleges here: http://yalecollege.yale.edu/content/residential-colleges.