Being a new student in a new environment can be challenging, especially when it comes to studying. It’s easy to become distracted in your room so I’ve created a list of my favorite places to study on campus.
It feels kind of like a no-brainer that studying should take place in a library but there are various areas within the library to study. The newly renovated main floor is great for collaborative group work. It’s filled with technology and unique seating arrangements so that you and your group can comfortably work together. This floor can get loud during peak hours so plan ahead with your group if you’re looking for a quieter space. The third floor is a 24/7 quiet learning space. Students work independently in cubicle desks and it’s easy to be productive because there are hardly any distractions.
The Hartman Union Building (HUB)
HUB is a great place to catch up on some work in between classes. Students have a multitude of choices, including the high-top tables outside of Daily Paws Cafe, the big comfy couches in the Fireplace Lounge, sitting with friends in the Union Grille, and my personal favorite, the upstairs tables outside of the Courtroom. Although the HUB can get pretty busy throughout the day, the white noise of students moving about helps me stay focused and get my work done.
The Great Outdoors
This seems to be everyone’s favorite because there’s really nothing better than studying with your friends out on the Mary Lyon Lawn. I love seeing students set up their hammocks and lay down blankets to spend time studying with friends. Something about the fresh air and sunshine makes me feel more productive when studying for finals. Sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the hill in front of the Silver Center is my favorite way to be outside. If you can’t get outside or don’t work well outside, try opening a window to let the fresh air in. I swear it works!
I hope these locations inspire you to get out of your room and try learning in new places. Happy studying!