Library Etiquette During Finals Week

Library Etiquette During Finals Week

Rule number one: Don't be a seat hoarder!!!
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Finals week has finally, inevitably, fallen upon us. When I tried to study for my finals over the weekend, I went to the library like I normally would. And was greeted by a mob of unfamiliar, panicked students everywhere. It was like walking straight into a stampede of Starbucks and study guides, and I actually felt more distracted at the library than I would’ve at my dorm! Now I present a list of the do’s and don’ts of the library (but most of what I mention just annoys me personally so take it lightly).

1. Don’t be rude, dude. Put away the food!

Cafes literally came into existence so people had a place to eat and be productive at the same time. A library is not a cafe. And there even is a “cafe” in the library! So why do people still sit at the most silent area of the library and begin eating the crunchiest food in their bag?? Hearing people chewing is my biggest pet peeve of ALL time and it’s especially worse when all I’m trying to do is concentrate on my work and, all of a sudden, someone sits down and consumes their Einstein's bagel in the most ridiculous, disgusting way possible.

2. Sharing is caring, so please stop taking up an entire table!

This is especially prominent during finals week because we are all just trying to cram in some studying. Don’t spread out on an entire table with your thousands of lab reports, an entire five-course meal, your laptop, the laptop charger, your three good-luck charms, etc. People always claim an entire table in the library and protect it like a loyal doggo keeping watch over its owners. We're all at the library for the same reason (we put everything on our syllabus off until the last minute), so why can’t we just all sit together and suffer? And while we’re on the topic of tables, you don’t own a “spot” in the library. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, even if it’s by the freezing window that’s right by the entrance so everyone can see you.

3. Stop the talking or do some walking! Away from me!!

Again, there are places to go to catch up with your friends and plan out the weekend. The library is not one of those places. We’ve literally been taught this since elementary schools, when the angry librarians would never stop shushing us. Well now, I am the angry librarian and I am actually trying to study so please converse somewhere else. Preferably, anywhere that isn’t dead silent where everyone around you can hear the exact words you’re trying to whisper.

4. Anything you view on your computer other people around you will be looking at too, so choose wisely.

Am I the only one that becomes incredibly nosy in public places? The library is the perfect place to procrastinate even more and people-watch. Someone’s Netflix habits say a lot about them, and yes I am judging you for watching Parks and Recreation again instead of studying. Also, if you’re viewing anything on your computer or phone in any public place, use headphones!! I can’t believe I have to say that but no one wants to hear your Motivation Monday Spotify playlist.

5. Don’t ask someone to watch your stuff, then come back an hour later!


Obviously, leaving for a quick bathroom break or going to get a coffee is fine, but don’t leave the library, go and fight seventeen world wars, and then come back and expect everything to be all peachy! You should not force someone to look over your things if you know you’re not going to return for a while, it’s just inconsiderate. If they have to leave, it’s not their responsibility if anything gets stolen, as it shouldn’t be. That’s all you, bud.

I hope some people agree with my rules for the library, but I more strongly hope that you all practice them so I can actually study for the finals that I already know I’m going to fail! Good luck everyone, we got this!!

Cover Image Credit: Tamás Mészáros

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10 Dorm Room Hacks

The Basics For College Living
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Any college student will tell you that dorm rooms are small and have limited amounts of space to utilize. Combine that with having to share your room with someone else and the usable space shrinks to half its size. Closet space is probably the worst. Before you go back to school every semester, you probably debate with yourself about what you can bring with you to school and what you have to leave at home simply because there's limited room. There's some simple solutions to these problems. Have no fear, dorm room hacks is here!


1. Furniture Arrangement

If your dorm allows you to rearrange your furniture, this chart is a lifesaver. Before you move all your stuff into your room, you definitely need to figure out if your furniture is where you want it to be. Some times it's hard to decide what set up works the best. Pick a set up that allows you to have the most floor space in your dorm room. And no worries if you don't like the set up you choose the first time, you can always change it later if you don't like it.

2. Maximize Closet Space

This is a classic for limited closet space. Most closets will have a close rod that sits high enough off the ground for this hack. Adding the pop tab allows you to create a second row for hanging clothes, and because this second row hangs lower that the first it allows for the ultimate usage of closet space.

3. Brighten Things Up

While we are on the topic of dorm closets, this is a hack to help with closet lighting. The lighting in your dorm room will vary simply based on the layout on the dorm you are in. This hack is especially helpful for those who have a closet with little to no lighting. Simply take a strand of clear Christmas lights (or colored if you so please), and string them along the inside border of the door. Run an extension cord underneath the door to an outlet in your room. Voila! Enjoy your newly lit closet space.

4. Get Yourself Some Shelves

When living in a dorm room, shelves are your best friend. You're going to have limited floor space. There's no way to avoid it. However, you will have a good amount of vertical space. Shelves will help you to utilize your vertical space. Shelves like you see in the above picture are helpful for culinary supplies such as refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves, plates, bowls, and silverware. Storage shelves are very helping in keeping items organized. There are also shelves available that sit on top of desks to utilize space, as well as shelves that fit around toilets in the bathroom. So wherever you need extra space, shelves are there to help.

5. Store On Your Door

Utilizing door space also helps when it comes to extra space. Aside from the obvious method of using an over-the-door hanger. The hack you see pictured is great for food storage. Ideally this hanger is used for shoes, so that is also an option if you don't have a spot for your footwear. In this case, it is used to help organize and store your food items. This hanger has also been used to organize and hold jewelry items as well.

6. Keep Things Fresh

The best kind of dorm hacks is when you use items in an outside of the box type of way. By using a car deodorant clip, you can utilize your dorm room's air vent to allow a continuous, fresh smell into your room. And....

In the case that your dorm still runs on older AC units, you can apply the same ideology by laying a dryer sheet or two over the vent openings on the unit while it is on.

7. The Power Of Command Strips

I highly recommend tapestries as a method for decorating a dorm room, especially if you have a big wall space to cover. Tapestries come in many sizes, as well as different designs that range from patterns to real-life pictures. However, tapestries can be tricky to put up. Many dorms wont allow you to use nails or push pins when decorating. This hack allows you to use command strips and clothes pins to work with this rule. While the focus of this hack is on tapestries, it is worth it to say that command strips are awesome for decorating and are worth the investment.


8. Fill The Gap

So what exactly is the point of putting a pool noodle next to your bed? Typically dorm beds cannot get pushed close enough to the wall to prevent there being a gap between the bed and the wall. Because of this, items tend to fall through the gap to the floor. I cannot tell you how many times this happened with my phone during my first semester of college. By laying a pool noodle in this gap, you can help prevent any items falling through the gap. Pool noodles also have another use for one's dorm bed. Many dorms have bunk beds or have beds that can be lofted. I had to stay on the top of a bunk bed one time that didn't have a side railing. I was so worried about rolling of the bed at night. I've had friends that have the same worry with lofted beds. Using a pool noodle, you can rest this fear. Place the pool noodle on the outside edge on top of the mattress underneath your fitted sheet. Keeping the noodle in place, pull the sheet over the noodle, and tuck it back in. The pool noodle now acts as a barrier for your body whenever you role over in your sleep.

9. Fold Strategically

This is one of my favorite dorm hacks I've ever come across. I tried it with my drawers and I'm never going back. As stated before, you will have limited dorm space. This includes drawer space. By using this folding method, you can not only fit more pieces of clothing in a drawer, but it also keeps your drawer organized by allowing you to see what article of clothing you are looking at without disrupting the whole drawers.

10. Protect Your Hair Ties

Obviously this hack is aimed toward females students, but if you are a male participating in the man-bun trend then this may be helpful to you as well! When you go to college, you will lose more hair ties than you have ever lost in your life. I will start a semester with a hundred hair times and will end the semester with two. I don't understand it. I don't know where they go. I just know they disappear. Use this hack and avoid the frustration that is losing hair ties.

These were only ten hacks for your dorm room. There are plenty more hacks available out there, you simply just have to search. Hopefully this article helped you get started on the basic dorm hacks to make college life a little easier.

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.

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Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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