By AMANDA GHANNAM, Staff Writer
From the infamous fourth floor of the Mardigian Library to the study rooms in the Colleges of Arts, Sciences, & Letters to the new student lounge in the Social Sciences Building, there are plenty of opportunities to find a quiet place to study on campus. Depending on students’ preferences, one can seek out a cozy corner, a quiet cubicle, or a big enough space for group study. But despite the range of options, some students find it difficult to find an ideal space. We asked several students where the best study spots are on campus.
“The best study spot on campus is the Mardigian Library’s third floor. It’s quiet and you have stacks of precious reference materials very close at hand,” said Zachary Tasky, junior majoring in political science. “There are plenty of carrels where you can plug in, and if you need a break from studying you can take a stroll through the Berkowitz Gallery, or run downstairs to grab a coffee at Club Cappuccino.”
The third floor of the library is a popular choice among students who take advantage of the library’s resources.
It’s definitely better than the second floor. I don’t know how anyone gets anything done there, it’s so loud,” said Safa Kassab, junior and economics major. “And the fourth floor is too intense. If you make even the slightest sound, people glare at you. It’s kind of scary.” Safa prefers the CASL building: “The study rooms there are nice and private, but there definitely aren’t enough of them. So it depends on how you like to study, if you want a small quiet cubicle or a larger place with background noise.
“There used to be four rooms in the Social Sciences Building, in the study area behind the vending machines, but I think they’re professors’ offices or something now,” Safa added. To make up for the loss of those spaces, the Social Sciences Building now has a small lounge on its second floor; it has several computers, a print station, and chairs and tables for group work.
Lindsay Mieden, junior majoring in secondary education, is also a fan of CASL’s study rooms. “There’s a student study lounge hidden on the 3rd floor in CASL that I love!” she said. “It’s so quiet in there and I don’t think many people know about it so you always have your own space.”
Asked where his favorite study spot is, sophomore Mustapha Hammoud replied, “I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” Is it perhaps in the engineering building, where Mustapha takes classes? “Of course not. That place has no windows and the wifi in there sucks,” Mustapha said. “I mean, I’d tell you guys, I just don’t want the whole school to take over my spot.” His secret study space will remain a mystery.
While there are a lot of different spaces available for students to study, it seems private areas more spacious than library cubicles are in high demand. Several students replied that their preferred study spots aren’t even at school. But those who prefer or have no choice but to stay on campus can find suitable spaces by exploring buildings they normally don’t take classes in, or searching for rooms on other floors.