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Best study spots on campus

By Molly Boes
On August 20, 2012

Coming to college for the first time comes with a long list of "must-dos" such as joining clubs, finding edible, cheap food, making friends and plowing through class work. Coupled with homework comes finding places on campus where one can successfully finish homework.
When picking a study spot, there are some key factors that must be taken into account including
background noise, available services and amount of traffic.
A popular spot to study on campus
is Gallagher Student Center (GSC). GSC offers plenty of seating,
printing on the first floor and always has people in it. Students can also borrow laptops from the front desk for a few hours. There is always some sort of background noise, from people chatting to pool balls clacking across the table, giving students the option of either putting in headphones or simply being pleased with the noise offered by the building. GSC also always presents the option of running into friends, providing a study buddy or a distraction. GSC is also open 24 hours, appealing to those students who will be working
into the early hours of the morning.
Another common spot to study is the Conaton Learning Commons (CLC). Similar to GSC, CLC also offers an open space to study along the stairs and also has printing stations and laptop available
to borrow. Something the CLC offers that GSC does not is group study rooms. The study rooms offer students a place to work on group projects without interrupting other students. The CLC is also open 24 hours.
If a quiet study place is more appealing, several buildings throughout campus are seldom used during the evenings outside of a handful of classes. Smith offers
both open lounges and private
study rooms for students and also has classrooms that can often be found to be empty at night.
The tenth floor of Schott is also open to students and is set up as a lounge with chairs and tables and offers a view of the campus and the surrounding areas from the large windows and small patios.
Most academic buildings are open until 1 a.m. and have some sort of lounge available for students
to study in as well as classrooms as long as they do not have a class in them. Each dorm also offers lounges for students either on their floor or on another floor that are open and have chairs, tables and couches. The ideal study space differs between students depending on how they like to study and where they feel the most productive. Listed above are some of the options available to students on campus, but the best way to find out is to try various spots until you find the one that works best for you.

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