To Study or Not and Where To: That is the Question
As college students, we all know we have to study to achieve good grades. The question is where should we study with minimal or no distractions? There are places on campus and off campus that are conducive to the art of studying and they are: the library, Jo’s Java, Whitlock chapel lobby, the Student Union, and McDonalds.
Some of us really hate to study and some of us have really loud and obnoxious roommates. So why not go somewhere quiet and away from your dorm? Ruby Dare Library is just the place for a quiet study session. Ruby Dare Library offers three floors of little nooks where you can hunker down and get to work studying for that COR or Math test that you have been putting off. The library offers private rooms that you can reserve at the front desk. The library also offers spacious desks where you can scatter your notes and not have to worry about your roommate complaining about the mess. The library is quiet and when you need a break, you are surrounded by great literature. Our library offers students the chance to meet with a tutor if they need help with subjects they can’t quite grasp. The library also has many computers that students can use to research and write papers. Ruby Dare Library is a campus treasure, not just for the vast knowledge that lies within its walls, but for the peace that it brings when it is time to study.
Jo’s Java is a great place to grab a coffee, mingle with students and staff, and perhaps study a little. Jo’s has couch chairs and tables that you can hunker down at and get to work at. Jo’s also has many electrical outlets in case your laptop is low on battery. We all have our little quirks and when it comes to studying, some people need quiet and others need distractions. However, some of us just really need that caffeine pick me up to get us through the long hours of studying.
The serine atmosphere of peace and contemplation lies in the air at the Whitlock music chapel. Not only does Whitlock house our chapel, it also has a great lobby that has electrical outlets, chairs, and for the most part, peace. Yes, the music students do practice here, but it is through music that a lot of us get our inspiration to study. Music puts a lot of us at ease and gives us the break from the noise pollution that stagnates the air. When the band students are not around, the chapel lobby has the effect of a mediation room. The chapel lobby can be a place where no one bothers you and where you can hear your own thoughts.
Yes, the student union can be loud during dinner and lunch times but it can be quite in between the lunch and dinner hours. The Sims student union has multiple tables and electrical outlets for your laptops and cell phones. Also, when your back is starting to hurt from bending over to study, you can relax on the makeshift couch area. Furthermore, the union also has an upper level where you can go to get away from anybody that is a distraction to your studying on the first level. Our student union has great food and like the library, it has a warm staff that can offer you a smile on a gloomy day.
When you just can’t stand seeing the same people and want a different place to study, then why not try our local McDonalds? McDonalds offers free Wi-Fi, food, comfortable seating, and free refills. Why not try a new place to study to see if something new works for you? McDonalds is just the place to quench that thirst for sweet tea while studying for a test that is coming up. McDonalds is located at 1600 Illinois route 127.