The Perfect Place To Study Doesn't Have To Be A Library

The Perfect Place To Study Doesn't Have To Be A Library

It isn't on the quiet floor of a campus library or between the pillows of my lofted bed.


Finding the perfect place to study can be quite difficult, especially when you're in a crunch. Usually, I find myself spread across my lofted bed, struggling to stay awake, as I read over course notes. Sometimes I'll find the energy to head over to the campus library and ascend to the quiet floor, hunker down and attempt to focus. The problem is that my bed is too comfortable and the library is too, well, uncomfortable. I either end up falling asleep or getting so distracted by the silence that I can't even begin to get work done. I've found that I need a place that is both relaxing and stimulating that can keep my attention on the studying I need to get done.

Coffee shops are where I feel most focused. I'm not talking about your neighborhood Starbucks, but something more personal. A few steps off campus, I found my perfect study spot at a brewhouse and bakery called Pascal's. It wasn't just the amazing Cuban espressos paired with cream cheese guava pastries. It was the atmosphere and people. Pascal's is a place where you walk in and feel welcomed. For those of you who don't know, Pascal's is way more than a coffee shop or a place that students come to study. It is a place where conversations about Christ and the world start. It's where my friends and I make plans, recite Scripture, and enjoy each other's company. It is a place where you meet new people and forge relationships that wouldn't have happened anywhere else. They also serve a mean cup of coffee and an assortment of teas and delicious baked goods.

Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can allow you to find a place that feels more like home. When I first walked in, I had no idea what an important spot it'd be in my life. The perfect study spot doesn't have to be generic and boring - it can be exciting and warm. We have our whole lives to be stuck in a cold, uncomfortable office, might as well enjoy our study spaces while we can. Also who said that where we study can only serve one purpose? While some may find it distracting, I find that it actually helps me focus. Most people can agree studying isn't fun and that it's hard to motivate yourself to do it. By putting myself into a stimulating environment not only does it drive me to study but finish up work so that I can enjoy my friends.

So sit down or spread out. The perfect study spot is out there, you just have to find it. For some, it's outside underneath a tree, the study room in their sorority house and for many, it is the quiet floor of a campus library. None of those locations have worked as well as my local coffee shop. Pascal's is my perfect spot, whether I'm meeting with friends, enjoying some quiet time, or scrambling to finish a homework assignment.

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Coming Home From College For The Summer Is Much Needed

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Since finals week began, I believe I can say for all college students that we were ready to come back to our hometowns for the summer. We had grown tired of eating at the dining hall, spending countless hours in the library, and pulling laundry from the dryers for it to still be damp. Being home for the summer rids you of those worries and only provides a sense of comfort and security with a furnished home and bedroom to yourself. We sometimes forget how things were before college, with a fully stocked refrigerator and even a dishwasher to keep things clean. Coming home often makes life much easier.

Coming home means revisiting all of your favorite places around town — restaurants, parks, or museums — with fresh eyes. Being away from these places for months on end only causes you to develop a deeper appreciation for the little things. In my case, the first thing I did upon arriving home was take a trip to my favorite local coffee shop. Not only is the coffee delicious, but going back to the shop itself also brings back numerous memories made over the past four years.

That is one of the best things about coming home — it's as if you're rediscovering parts of yourself that you left behind.

Being back in your hometown also enables you to reconnect with only friends and classmates whom you haven't seen in months or even a full year. Whether it be going for a walk together or grabbing breakfast, being able to update one another on your year of college life makes for great connections. You oftentimes find yourself missing your old friends more than you thought, but once you all get together again, it seems like nothing has changed.

One of my favorite parts of being home is spending more time with my family. I have never felt so grateful for home-cooked meals or a real washer and dryer until I stepped into my house again. Rather than talking on the phone with my parents about our days, I can sit down with them at the kitchen table and have a conversation in person. I also never realized that I would miss my parents — or my dog — as much as I did over the past year.

Though finding activities to pass the time can sometimes get "boring" in one's hometown, spending some time away can reinstate plenty of ideas. My sister and I found ourselves making a list of things we can do throughout the summer, and though some of the things we had done before, it sounded so much more exciting after spending the school year in a different city.

In the end, coming home makes you appreciate your town even more.

Even if you didn't love it before, being home for just a few months keeps you from taking life's finer things for granted. Especially when it's summer, you can relax on your own couch without the stress of school in front of you. Enjoy your city while you can, because it is always there to welcome you back.

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