Finding a good place to study for finals this quarter can be the difference between a passing or failing grade.
I love the upstairs of the Student Union to study.
It may seem loud and full of people in the main downstairs rooms and food areas, but the building is full of little corners to escape.
A good encouragement for studying in the student union for me is food and refreshments are never too far away. Which doesn’t require pulling yourself away from study mode to get a Starbucks or a bite to eat.
For me, the John M. Pfau Library is way too excluded to focus.
Every little noise I made seemed like a catastrophic avalanche.
Unzipping my backpack, plugging in my laptop and drinking water all seemed loud and annoying to the three other students around me.
While the Library has its attractive cubbyholes to study in, so does the student union.
At the end of every hallway in both the downstairs and upstairs, there are couches, tables, chairs, plugs and varying levels of quietness.
Whenever someone comes to these spaces and disrupts the quiet by talking, I politely ask them to respect the space and if they are going to talk there are other places to go on the main floor.
I think students blow off the student union as a good place to study because of this problem.
If you can speak up when needed and find good corners the Student Union it can be the best place to study.
While I enjoy studying at the Student Union others named it the worst place to study on campus by three other students.
Students Mauricio Ayala Flores, Catherina Danh, and Chirstina Carino laughed when I told them people study in the Student Union.
“That’s crazy!” said Carino. “I really need to be on my own when I study; even people walking by can be too distracting. All those little study areas in the third through fifth floor of the Pfau Library is the best place on campus to study.”
“SMSU is the worst because there is way too many people in there,” said Flores, agreeing with Carino.
Maurico Ayala Flores likes to study at the fifth floor of the library for,“its quiet cubbies and large windows that have an awesome view.”
Riley Booras likes to study in the Student Union but for different reasons than I. He studies on the main floor.
Booaras likes being in the crowd of other students and uses his headphones to eliminate unwanted noises.
“Home is too comfortable and there’s too many excuses,” said Booras. “I like to separate work from comfort.”
Booras also recommended the Cross Cultural Center to study if stimulation is what you need.
Catherine Danh, said she likes to keep her relaxing space and her work space in two spheres, and she’s able to do that in the upper floors of the Pfau Library.
I save myself the headache and hunger when I study in the student union.
Though it’s not a good fit for everyone’s study habits, it’s worth a try to see if studying in a new place is the jump start you needed to get ahead.