Some Of The Best Spots To Study At Ohio University

Some Of The Best Spots To Study At Ohio University

No matter how you like to study this article has something for everyone. No matter where you are on the main campus it’s good to know the spots to kill time without having to climb any unnecessary hills.

Ohio University’s main campus is absolutely beautiful. This fact is undeniable but finding the right study spots can be difficult. Everyone studies differently so you have to find a right fit for you. Here is a list of recommendations ranging from silent to just the right level of noise.

1. The sixth and seventh floor of Alden Library. Noise level: silent

This is where the library looks more like the ones from our childhood, all books, and has huge windows on three of the walls that look out over the campus. It’s almost completely silent and the views are absolutely breathtaking. There are desks to sit at all the windows so it’s easy to get work done.

2. The green and white eggs on the fourth floor of Alden. Noise level: quiet

If you manage to snag one of these take full advantage of it because they are precious. Being in one is like being in your own little bubble. Honestly if you wanted to take a nap you could because they are really comfortable.

3. If you're looking to study as a group you can rent rooms at Alden for free! Noise level: group

Anyone can rent them and they are awesome for a group study sesh. In most rooms (maybe all I’m not sure on this point) there are tv’s with hookups for computers so you can do presentations.

4. The Front Room. Noise level: hectic

Located on the fourth floor of Baker, it’s noisy so this is for those people that need chaos when they study. Personally I like to go here to write my articles or if I’m looking for inspiration. I bring a pair of headphones so if it gets too noisy I can block it out but do what works for you.

5. Towards the back of fourth floor of Baker. Noise level: moderate depending on the time of day

There is a beautiful view of the Convo, Grover and the woods behind it. There are comfy chairs you can sit at and put your feet up too. There are areas like this on the fifth floor too.

6. Grover Hall. Noise level: moderate depending on the time of day

If you have 20 minutes to kill and your by west green, Grover Hall has couches you can sit on. Its great if you need to do last minute review questions or type that last revision.

7. The Bentley Hall courtyard. Noise level: quiet

In between Bentley and Bentley Annex there is a walkway to the courtyard and it is breathtaking. If you’re someone who likes to study outside this is the place for you (the wifi reaches out there too).

8. Under the trees behind Scripps. Noise level: moderately quiet

There are carved out steps that you can sit on and enjoy the weather. Personally, this is one of my favorite places to read a book.

9. The Classics library in Lindley. Noise level: silent

Located on the third floor, this one is a toss up on whether or not it will be open. Luckily there is a schedule right next to the door. This, in my opinion, is the best view on campus.

10. The cafe in Nelson. Noise level: moderately quiet

No-one goes in here unlike front room so it's usually pretty empty. If you live on South and wanna get out of the dorm here’s your place.

11. Jeff Hall. Noise level: moderately quiet

On the other side of Jefferson Hall, opposite of the market, there are study spots and a printer! There are little alcoves and couches where you can knock out that essay or lab.

12. The picnic tables on West. Noise level: moderate

There aren't many places on West that I know of because I live on South. I know that the wifi reaches here and it's a good spot to people watch.

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9 Signs College Is Kicking Your A**

Why is any of this worth it again?

Ahh, college—the overrated version of high school, except with more personal freedom to make up for the torturing amount of work and stress you are to endure, all to earn a piece of paper, in the end, claiming you’re qualified to encounter the next level of life involving complication—a career.

Is it really worth it?

As only a second-semester freshman, I have yet to find out. But despite my short stay, there are still many things I have learned; the biggest being, no matter how much work I seem to put in, college will always ends up kicking my ASS.

Here are 9 signs that you too are getting your butt kicked by books and boredom:

1. Friday nights are for catching up on sleep, not going out

Your friends (the few stragglers you have left) are always inviting you to go out, urging you to take a “break” if that’s something you have the capability of doing? At this point I don’t even bother to respond because I’m not familiar with the language they’re speaking, as break isn’t apart of my vocabulary, and I’m an English major. But on a serious note, once you start you cannot stop. I take a day off and suddenly I’m three days behind. Can’t we like, take a rain check for the summer?

2. Your typical “lazy day” is spent on a comfier seat in the library instead of the normal classroom chairs

Back in high school when I wasn’t feeling “it” (responsibility), I’d fake sick and lay in bed all day, for a disgusting amount of time until I couldn’t stand it. Nowadays, I spend the same amount of time trapped in a library, only this time around I call it quits once I no longer can stand how much school work I’ve done. A nerd to the nastiest degree.

3. Every reunion with your bed is a rejoice

You feel like it’s been days, when instead it’s only been twelve hours, but that half a day sucked the little life you had left to give, and you’re ready to hideaway and recharge to do it all again tomorrow. Sleep is sacred, and there’s quite as awful nothing like having your much needed Z’s interrupted by the same blare of alarm every morning, serving as a signal that it’s time for another day of reading and ruckus.

4. Going home for the weekend feels like a vacation

But don’t be fooled, because every second will still be spent doing work, only instead the grind will probably take place in a bathtub or on a couch with a stack of Oreo’s stalking nearby.

5. The bags under your eyes have now become a permanent facial feature

I look like I’m 38 and nearing a mid-life crisis when in reality I’m only 18 and experiencing that crisis, EVERY DAY.

6. You are trash at responding to literally anyone that doesn't involve academics

You might not hear from me for days, maybe even weeks in extreme cases. To further put this in perspective, I took my parents off speed dial and they’ve been replaced by my professors.

7. 24 hours is not enough time in the day

My planner could be painted so much prettier with tasks if the day wasn’t so short. I could probably even fit in three more mental breakdowns if I had just a few more hours.

8. You just force yourself to love the subjects you’re studying

I have more interaction with the information I’ve learned in class than with an actual human being, and you would not believe how passionate I have become about the formation of felsic rocks! Felsic rocks are so interesting that I don’t even need friends, hobbies, or sleep because I could study rocks for the rest of my life…Rocks ROCK <3

9. You kind of lose your mind

*Please reference explanation of point #8*

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What To Do With All Your "Free" Time In College

Choices, choices, choices...

“Mom, there are so many clubs and organizations that I want to get involved with at school, I wish there was more time in the day!

This is a conversation that I had with my mom last week, after a long day of going to class, professors’ office hours and club meetings. During the week, the daily life of a college student is usually long and filled with meetings, homework, and class time. And yes, we do manage to find time to go out during the week also.

Would it be nice to snuggle under my covers and go to bed an hour earlier or find time to catch up on this week’s “This is Us” episode? Of course.

But, there are so many opportunities offered at U of M, that I sometimes choose to go to bed (even) later or to catch up on my favorite TV show on the weekend, in order to squeeze in one more club’s mass meeting or hear one more speaker that an organization has brought in.

The opportunities at Michigan and other colleges around the nation are endless. In fact, I am sure that I do not even know of more than half of the things available to college students on campus. I have even heard someone mention a Squirrel Club here. Some that have interested me and that I am a part of here are the Michigan Daily, our school newspaper, Hillel, and Wolvpac, a political advocacy group.

I am someone who loves to be involved. In high school, I committed myself to a few organizations, clubs, and even boards. But now, as a college student, this has become overwhelming, as there are SO many more choices. In my first semester, I put myself on probably more than fifteen email list serves, ranging from a healthy-living-on-campus club to a business consulting club.

While it is physically and mentally impossible to be part of everything, I have slowly learned what I want to devote my time to. I went to some meetings and realized their club wasn’t for me. But, the majority of the time, I would leave, thinking to myself “the opportunities here are endless, I would love to get involved in this!”

So thank you, Michigan, for allowing me to have the “problem” of trying to figure out how to be involved in so many different things. I won’t let myself be spread too thin, but this is the time in my life to explore and find what my true passions are. And, I wouldn’t trade a little less sleep or waking up early to finish work for anything else. “Riverdale” can always be seen on my own time. The clubs and meetings…not so much.

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