It is almost the end of the semester, and that means that there's just one thing on my mind: final exams. Next Thursday is a designated study day for all University students, and then tests begin! Students are packing their bags full of books and heading to their favorite spots on campus to study. I have one final test, but many final projects and papers.
At my sorority house, we have 22 quiet hours each day during finals week. We can have conversations on the main floor for an hour at lunch and at dinner, and other than that it's pure silence--which is exactly what I need for a productive study-a-thon. Our house mother is a doll and makes us delicious study snacks, such as spinach dip or nachos. When I am not at the house, I study at a variety of different places around campus. I like to switch locations every so often to keep my concentration and avoid falling asleep! Some of my favorite places to study are:
Walter Library is one of the most popular and largest libraries on campus. There are three main floors and two sub-basement levels. During finals week, the library stays open 24 hours a day. There is a coffee shop in the basement where you can get a huge cup of joe before diving into the books.
Rapson Hall is home to most architecture and design classes. I like to study in the Rapson Atrium. When I need a study break, I take a walk around and look at the architecture models and artwork on display.
Eric Sevareid Library
The Eric Sevareid Library is housed in Murphy Hall, home to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is home to the digital media studio, where students have access to state-of-the-art computers and equipment for graphic design and video editing. This semester I spent so much time in the library working on media graphics projects, that sometimes I feel like I live there!
Purple Onion Cafe
The Purple Onion Cafe is located in Dinkytown, a neighborhood just across the street from campus. Its cozy atmosphere and many seating options makes it the perfect place to do group projects or study with a friend. I always enjoy the comfortable chairs and delicious food!
Every Sunday, I drive over to the St. Paul campus to do homework at Magrath Library. I go there when I need to get some serious work done. This huge library is always super quiet and has many different places to study. And, I love the free parking on Sundays.
With so many great study options and a whole lot of coffee, I'll be ready to ace all of my projects and exams!