Why Where You Study Matters

Why Where You Study Matters

Your Study Spot is More Important Than You Think


As a college student, studying takes (or at least should take) up a major part of my life. Whether it is writing essays, reading pieces and books, memorizing information, or taking notes, the act of studying can be omnipresent and consumable. While many people consider the materials they need while studying: books, writing utensils, laptop, paper- you might not realize that almost as important as the materials that you need for studying is the location that you study in.

While many people like to study in various study lounges in their dorms, outside on the quad, or even in the dining hall, many would argue that their most frequented study space is in the library. With hundreds of students each day filing into the library to put in their study hours, many students tend to gravitate toward the same general location. Us as humans enjoy routine, and study spaces are no exception to that rule. Whether it be a specific floor in the library, a specific seat in the lounge near your dorm room, or a special area of the coffeeshop you always go to, we always have a predisposition for our "usual" study spaces and oftentimes spend the bulk of our studying times there.

However, psychology tells us something different. It is actually more beneficial to switch up the places where you study: a changing environment promotes a better focus on material and information absorption. While this effect is not the be all end all to your studying, it is just one easy trick that can elevate the effectiveness of your studying. For example, instead of staying on that floor of the library, varying your routine and studying in 3 different places throughout the week can prove to reboot your focus and help declutter your studying "mind". While humans are inclined to routine, we are also inclined to burnout. Choosing a new study space every once in a while provides the refreshing change that our brains might just need, and with the increasing workload that comes every year in college, spending our studying time in an productive way in vital in promoting efficiency.

However, putting this into practice is a lot harder than it sounds. Finding a good studying space is so much more than the location: the noise level, the temperature, the distance from food, distance from campus, and location of where your friends are studying all affect where you choose to study also. Finding new locations to study is no light task. However, the effort you put in finding new studying areas might just pay off: you might be able to discover different sides of campus that you might have never found.

For example, searching for a new study space for my huge upcoming financial accounting final, I stumbled upon a park bench underneath a tree with just the right natural light and shade that would be perfect for a day of studying during the spring in Atlanta. This tree was 15 minutes away from my dorm room, and normally I would've been hard-pressed to venture that far away from my cozy bed, but the reward of finding a perfect study space was well worth the effort.

Go search for that new spot: it might open up a new dimension for you at your college.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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