Normally when I’m feeling lazy and it’s too cold outside, which happens quite frequently, I’ll curl up on my bed or park it on a bar stool in the kitchen and hit the books. Of course, we all need a change of scenery when it comes to studying.
I’ve never been a fan of the big “academic” study spots on campus (call me crazy). I feel claustrophobic in the UGLi, the “Stacks” make me feel like an inmate, and I’m afraid of getting glared at for merely moving a muscle in the Ref Room. This distaste for libraries and the like poses some sort of problem because all of my favorite “non-academic” study spots cost money. I’m completely content with setting up camp in Starbucks (it’s Gingerbread latte season!) or ordering refills of hot apple cider in Espresso Royale while thinking of clever things to post on the blog. Unfortunately, making these places go-to study spots doesn’t work out all the time because I can’t freeload off of Starbucks’ free Wi-Fi for countless hours, multiple times a week (or can I?) without ordering a plethora of lattes and all that jazz. Sigh. It’s a shame this habit isn’t feasible. I wanted to ask what your favorite study spots on campus are, and if anyone has a compelling reason why the UGLi doesn’t want to make you pull your hair out, I’d love to hear it.