5 Reasons Why I Prefer Working From A Coffee Shop Rather Than A Library

5 Reasons Why I Prefer Working From A Coffee Shop Rather Than A Library

Any reason to fuel my caffeine addiction.

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I've been called out by my friends for preferring to study at a coffee shop rather than the library. How do I tell my friends that I despise the overcrowds and lack of spatial openness and creativity without coming off rude, or without them thinking I don't want to study with them? To all the people who are wondering why I am the way I am, here's a short list of all the reasons why I pretty much live at a coffee shop.

1. Endless Coffee

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Need I say more? Whether I stayed up late writing a story or had to get up bright and early for class, I can rely on this insanely delicious liquid gold to wake me up and get me through the day. Nowadays, one cup of coffee does not cut it, especially by the time I'm done with classes and have to do homework. On days when I have to grind hard as f**k, I'll bus over to Karma Cream, plop myself down in a window-side booth, and get to work with a piping hot cup of chai spice latte. And better yet, if I need a refill (which I usually do), I can easily do so without having to walk down flights of stairs or leaving my stuff unattended. I mean it doesn't get any better than that for my caffeinated soul.

2. Creative Ambiance

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As a writer, the atmosphere of a coffee shop is the perfect place for brewing creativity. The rich smell of freshly ground coffee, the cheerful sight of baristas making beverages, the faint chatter of people conversing… it sets the mood for me when I'm getting into my creative zone. The subtle commotion of life happening in the background makes me feel at ease and enables me to find inspiration through observation.

3. Taking A Break From Campus Life

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Sometimes, it gets mundane going to campus every day and doing the same routine over and over again. For me, I like to get away from campus life every now and then in order to stay sane. If I ever feel stuck or feel like I need to change up my daily routine, I'll head over to Karma to escape college life for a little bit. This also gives me the chance to interact with locals from Gainesville and find information on any upcoming community events and/or concerts.

4. Less Distractions

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I've tried working at Library West and Marston before, but I just can't get over how insanely packed it is at all hours of the day! I find myself getting distracted by people talking loudly or goofing around. And, I always bump into at least 3 to 5 friends I haven't seen in a while, which more often than not, turns into a socializing event and not a study session. Don't get me wrong, I love catching up with old pals, but it defeats the purpose of me going to the library to do work. I find that I'm less likely to bump into people I know at coffee shops that are decently spaced apart from campus.

5. Sunlight/Natural Setting

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I love working near a window or at a place that has nature in the surrounding background! There's just such a calm and relaxing feeling about working in an open, naturally-lit space. Library West and Marston might have tons of outlets and tables for students, but the one thing it lacks is natural light. I mean, Marston's "busiest" and "most social" floor is literally in the basement! (I don't understand how people function there, to be honest). My focus and creativity are fostered through the rays of the sun, and coffee shops don't let me down when it comes to that.

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Lessons I Learned From Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing experience.

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This past semester I studied abroad in London, England. I had so many wonderful experiences and met some lovely people. This opportunity led to the realization of many life lessons and I could never take this experience for granted. Here are a few of the most significant findings from my journey.

1. Life is so much more fun when you don't care what people think

Everyone realizes this in their own way but honestly this is one of ultimate keys of happiness.

2. Not everyone is going to like you and that's okay

You're better off without them.

3. Take risks; Some opportunities may not reoccur

Breaking the rules once in a while can pay off. Trust me.

4. Don't be naive--not everything is as it seems

You're not the only one going through ups and downs. Life happens for everyone.

5. Sometimes you just need to let things be--trying too hard to fix some things will only make them worse

Some things will fix themselves better than you're capable of doing.

6. Kindness is the most important quality in a person

The only thing someone should be judged on is the size of their heart.

7. Dreams don't work unless you do 

You've got to work the hardest for the things you want the most.

8. You must truly love yourself before you can love anyone else

This is one of those things that no one wants to admit but it couldn't be any truer.

9. Stop and take a moment to realize how far you've come 

You'll appreciate it all much more in the end.

10. Hold your head high and don't stress over every mistake 

Everyone is human and no human is perfect.

11. Live your life for YOU, not anyone else

It's your life after all.

12. In threatening situations, try your hardest not to panic

Remain as calm as you can and try to keep your head clear.

13. So much of what you think is overthought

You're the only one beating yourself up for that minor incident.

14. There will be many things in life that you'll desperately want but can't have

And something there's just nothing you can do about it.

15. The sooner you learn to laugh off your mistakes and learn from them, the better

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16. Everything does actually happen for a reason

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Are You Going To Cry Or Boss Up The Next Time Tragedy Hits? Why Not Both?

Holding your head up high and moving forward is vital, but not neglecting yourself emotionally is too.

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Heartbreak. Trauma. Grief. Tragedy. Just when we begin to expect the unexpected in life, a tidal wave of chance floods the foundation of our lives. I have always believed that it is not so much what happens to you in life that is important, but rather, it is how you respond that makes a world of a difference. When the unanticipated strikes, however, reacting is often the first answer.

Maybe you're the type of person who cries at the end of every romantic-comedy, cares and puts forth effort in every relationship you maintain or is hurt easily by the thoughtlessness of others. There is no shame in being one, two, or all three of these. Or maybe you're someone who has been hurt in the past and refuses to feel such pain again, so you maintain a wall that no emotional spear can penetrate. This is okay too.

Regardless of what kind of emotional being you are, know that it is acceptable to feel that feeling. Sit in it for a while, marinate in the feelings of fury, fear, sadness, pain, or betrayal for a bit. These feelings are valid simply because they are. No one feels such strong, seemingly debilitating emotions for no reason. Whatever or whoever ignited your fire gave you that reason, or possibly multiple, for a purpose: for you to realize that it is not what was done or said that ultimately determines the future, but it is what you are to do with this lesson, loss, or learning that will.

Feel those feelings. Own your shit. Cry, scream, throw your phone, go for a drive, work out, eat your favorite food, do whatever you need to do. Then move forward. Don't move on, per se, because the small and big events that change who we are cannot and should not be glazed over, but move forward. Ask yourself, "What can I do to let go of this feeling?" Do not carry hatred, pain, or sadness with you. If you never get it off your chest, you'll never be able to breathe. Instead, carry fond memories of what was, appreciation for the lessons that now are, and plans for what is to come. If you wronged someone, apologize from the heart, and forgive yourself in the meantime. If someone wronged you, forgive, yet, never forget the lessons the wrong taught you. If you lost someone who meant the universe to you, look for them in the small things in your daily life, and keep them by your side in other ways. If you find yourself asking "Why?" in the midst of tragedy, look at what good came immediately after it, and what it did for the hurting.

"Bossing up" does not have to mean acting as if nothing ever happened. Instead, it is the acknowledgment that you are not the same person you once were. You are likely much wiser, more self-aware, understanding, or cautious; and your eyes, heart, and mind may be more open or wary. Whether crying or remaining stoic is your preferred processing method, appreciate those moments, think about what you do or say before the fact, and take your next step confidently, because you never needed to "boss up" anyway, you already are one.

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