COLUMN: The best study places on campus


Ellen Dooley

Ellen Dooley, Columnist

With midterms coming up, you probably need to study. The problem is where to study though! Your dorm may have some noisy neighbors or slamming doors. There are plenty of cool spaces to buckle down and focus on campus. Today, we are going on a mini field trip! 

The first place is Java Beanery and Bakery. This is a coffee shop located in the MLK Jr. Union. The closest door to the shop is across the street from the Fine Arts Center. This is personally my go to place. I am there in the mornings, and it is not too busy. You can easily grab a snack or drink while studying. The white noise of people talking rids the space of awkward quietness. The AC is on usually, so it is a bit chilly, but that is what I like about it. It’s perfect for group studying too! I would avoid it if you needed complete quiet to focus though. 

The second place is the Mellin Steps. These “steps” are outside of Doudna in the Library Quad. They are not hard to miss either! This is the perfect place to go if you like studying outside and need creativity. You may see some passing musicians or artists. Do not be surprised if a squirrel comes to study with you either. The steps are solid concrete, so they may become uncomfortable after a while. It’s best to bring a pillow or blanket that you do not mind getting a little dirty. There is plenty of room to space out and have your own little area. The best time would be later afternoon after the bulk of classes is over. Check if there is a group meeting on the steps, since some RSOs meet to have events. You may also see PMB rehearsing! 

The third place is the library. It is practically old reliable. Booth Library has a wide variety of resources you can use. Need to print a study guide? You can print in black and white for free! There are also people who can help you find different materials. There is a mixture of comfy furniture, tables and chairs for your preference. The library also has multiple levels, so you can find your perfect spot. This would be your ideal setting if you need quietness and a place of your own. I would not suggest the library if you do not like silence or an academic and classroom like setting. 

There are many more nooks and crannies used for studying on campus. It is all about finding what is right for you. Studying can be a stressful time, but finding the right place can possibly ease the tension. Happy studying! 

Ellen Dooley is a freshman special education major. She can be contacted at 581-2812 or [email protected].