8. Studying: A Good Environment Can Change Your Life
I am about to spill the most delicious pot of beans ever to be cooked. Realize this intelligence is for your eyes only, friends. So don’t go passing out this invaluable information to just anyone. I also suppose you could say publishing said secrets on a public website might not be the smartest idea, but it makes perfect sense as long as you don’t think about it.
Anywho, the following post is going to clue all you second years in on some of the best study spots on campus.You might have been too busy acclimating yourself to the college life last year to think about such an important element of academics. However, there is no need to fret because, as usual, I have come to rescue. Finding a good place to study could mean the difference between a ‘D’ and an ‘A-’ on your next exam. Here is a list of some awesome locations to study. Try some out and see what works for you.
The IC - You, and all the rest of your classmates, have most likely done your work here a time or two last year. And why not? It has study rooms, a kick-butt view, and tables to spare.Well, if you would like to remain basic, by all means, continue your studies in this fine building. I may just be another unfortunate hipster, but the IC was never my cup of joe. People tend to terrify me, so I steer clear of deathly populated areas such as the infamous Information Commons around finals. Nevertheless, if you have found success studying here, might as well not tamper with a regimen already proven to work.
Cudahy Library - This area is a bit more manageable than the IC, I would wager. However, that still too much human presence for my liking. On the other hand, Cudahy Library is still a decent study spot because the phrase “silence is golden” is really taken to heart here. Be sure not to drop any pens and refrain from coughing or breathing too loudly. Death stares are sure to come your way.
The Lake - Depending on the time of year, the outdoors can be a prime location for studying. Chicago is not well-known for it’s sunshine a rainbows, as you may be well aware of. I would suggest making good use of the beautiful lakefront on the edge of our campus of which we have unrestrained access to. Sit in the Echo Spot near Madonna della Strada and study away.
Mundelein Palm Court – The Palm Court is one of the newest additions accompanying Mundelein’s resent renovations. Its a gorgeous room fully equipped with a relaxing ambiance and high rise view of the campus. As long as there are no receptions being held, head up here to get cracking on those books.
Mundelein Greenhouse - You could say the Greenhouse on the 7th floor was the original Palm Court, everyone was in here wither studying or napping at one point. And we should never give up on the classics!
ANYWHERE in Mundelein – As I started compiling this list, I quickly realized that pretty much anywhere in Mundelein is a good place to study. the Greenhouse and Palm Court may be the most official, but there is a common room across from the Cafe on the 1st floor, the computer lab on the 7th floor, the ominous 14th floor that is almost always vacant, or, if you are feeling sassy, pop a squat on a bench on any given level in the building and hop to it.
Crown Center - There are comfy seating areas on the first two floors of the building that can serve as great study locations after hours.
Cuneo- There are some seating areas on most floors in the building and the classrooms are open for use after academic hours.
2nd Floor of Damen- If a steady stream of throwbacks and catchy tracks won’t distract you as successfully as it would I, then this could be the place for you.
Parks - There are a couple of parks within the surrounding area of our campus and they are not just for the kids anymore. College kids can also have a balast studying there! I don’t mean to squander the innocence of parks with the tainting powers of studying, but these locations come with some stellar views and a built in study break with monkey bars and swing sets.
Coffee Shops – If you accept your hipster-ness, come join your people at any coffee shop in the area. Metropolis, Cafe Descartes and Starbucks are some examples. And if you are really hell bent on branding yourself as a hipster, sit in Subway for study time. It’s open 24/7 now and is the perfect location to pick up a Five Dolllar Footlong, coincidentally.
If none of these spots are hitting the spot, then feel free to remain in a dormant state like me as you stay in your rooms for study hours.
Hope you learned a lot about study scenes and I’ll see you next week!
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