The 10 Best Study Spots For The Stressed Out Villanovan

The 10 Best Study Spots For The Stressed Out Villanovan During Finals Week

Finding a good place to study is a struggle.

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With finals coming up, we're all searching for the best place for some peace and quiet. Whether it's to cram last minute or to begin your studying two weeks in advance, finding a good place to study is ridiculously important. The environment you are in and the distractions you choose to surround yourself with can make or break how well you study. If you want to ace your finals, try one of these spots on campus

1. President's lounge

There's a freaking fire place. It's the closest most of us will get to the Gryffindor common room and I love it. There's no music playing like there is in the rest of Conn and its just very quiet and peaceful. It's a great place to curl up on a couch to do some reading for class or to grind out a paper.

2. 4th floor Falvey

Only go here if you are okay with working in absolute silence; it is quiet enough to hear a pin drop and even writing feels too loud sometimes. If you are okay with this level of quiet though, 4th floor Falvey is where you will be most productive. Not being allowed to talk makes it 100x easier to get more work done because you won't get distracted by noises or tempted to talk to other people.

3. Reading room

Similarly to the 4th floor, the reading room in Falvey is relatively quiet, but it is a bit more social. You won't feel judged for typing too loud or anything of that sort and quiet whispers are welcome. Hence it's name, it is a good place to go if you have a substantial amount of reading to get done, but it is also a great place to go if you have a paper to write or content to study.

4. Dorm lounges

Lounges vary based on what dorm you live in; the Stanford lounges for example are generally relatively quiet, whereas 3rd floor of Caughlin is very social. Lounges are normally conducive for when you have to work with a group or when you need to leave your room to focus but don't want to leave the building.

5. Stanford basement

Highly underrated spot to study in. Yes, at night, it can feel a bit creepy, but that is the only downfall. It is typically very quiet, there is usually the white noise of the laundry room, and the chairs are pretty comfy. This is a really good place to go if you live in Stanford and need to get some work done late at night.

6. Empty classrooms in Tolentine

Empty classrooms in general are amazing, but in Tolentine you pretty much have zero chance of being bothered because no one likes to go there. The average person is not going to trek up the stairs in Tolentine if they do not have to, therefore it is a wonderfully quiet place to be if you need to get some work done.

7. Spit

Like the lounges, spit is another good place to get group work done. There's easy access to food, its located in the middle of South, and not too far of a walk from any of the freshman dorms. Although it can get to be a little loud in spit sometimes, if you can work with some background noise then this is the place to go.

8. Couches in Conn

This is a good place to work if you enjoy a lot of background noise or if you have headphones with you. Conn always has music playing, and this can be a good thing if you enjoy the music, but if you don't, come prepared with your own. You can pop some headphones in, lay down on a couch and grind out your work (or take a nap if you need to).

9. Your dorm room

Studying in your dorm room is a dangerous game to play. It is ridiculously easy to get distracted by your phone, your bed, your roommate, and a million other things. If you have willpower however, your dorm room is ideal for studying. You don't have to leave the building or worry about forgetting something you might have needed.

10. Cyber Lounge

Amazing couches; 10/10 would recommend taking a nap on them at some point. However, there are pool tables and a ping pong table and TVs which is not the best environment for studying or reading. If you have no trouble focusing, this is a fine place to study, but if you cannot focus, do not study here. You will most likely get distracted by playing pool and get nothing done.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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