Secret study spots to get you through the school year

The library is a great place to meet up with friends and to study together. However, hanging around Addlestone too long tends to get us down. While we like to venture out and explore new areas every now and then, sometimes we want to have a place in mind already. Luckily, we’ve created a guide of go-to secret study spots to help you get through this semester.

1. The Multicultural Center – 207 Calhoun St.

The Multicultural Center. Photo by Wesley Vance.

The Multicultural Center. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

“I really like studying at the Multicultural Center because the nice workers, building, and low traffic makes the environment very homey,” says Junior Mamiko Higa, “but without the distractions of being in my room.” Higa isn’t lying when she says the environment is homey at the Multicultural Center. Upstairs there’s a room that is complete with beanbag chairs, couches and even a charging station that has multiple ports to give battery life back to every type of phone from Androids to iPhones. The Multicultural Center also has free printing downstairs. If you’re worried you don’t fit the mold to use the center then fret not. No matter what your ethnicity is, the Multicultural Center is open to every student on campus.

2. Stern Student Center – 71 George St.

The Stern Student Center. Photo by Wesley Vance.

The Stern Student Center. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

Stern Center isn’t just a place to pick up Chick-fil-A for dinner, but also an area full of secret study spots. Outside on the courtyard, anyone can take a yoga mat to lie on while catching some rays and getting caught up on class readings. Inside, there are couches and tables on each level that make studying convenient and comfortable.

3. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier – 90 Society St.

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier. Photo by Wesley Vance.

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

Just because we’re in the Holy City doesn’t mean we can’t be in a more European state of mind. Grab your books, maybe a beret and head over to Society Street for an atmosphere that mimics that of France. While there isn’t an Eiffel Tower within viewing distance, Christophe Artisan Chocolatier does offer an outside courtyard that offers a tranquil environment to hit the books. There are plenty of food options to munch on from chocolates to macaroons. Oh, and did we mention the free Wi-Fi?

4. The New Science Center – 202 Calhoun St.

The New Science Building. Photo by Wesley Vance.

The New Science Center. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

If organic chemistry, physiology or even introductory biology has you stressed out then it might be a good idea to head to the Science Center located right across from the library. There are plenty of rooms with white boards to help break down chemical compounds right before your eyes. While you’ll be able to find a room to study in by yourself, you can still find classmates in the building to compare notes. “I’m around a ton of other people studying the same material as myself. We tend to help each other out, while also having a good time,” says junior and biochemistry major Travis Varner. Hey theatre majors, there’s still space for you in the New Science Center, too. The building is open to everyone.

5. Brown’s Court Bakery – 199 St. Philip St.

Brown's Court Bakery. Photo by Wesley Vance.

Brown’s Court Bakery. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

We can’t help it but every time we start to develop our thesis, we crave something sweet to help us get through the next paragraph. At Brown’s Court Bakery, the food options aren’t just limited to sweet pastries but extend to different types of baguettes, coffee and more. We prefer to have our pastry and eat it too in the upstairs area complete with multiple chairs and tables. There’s even places to crack into the books on the balcony. However on humid days in the Holy City, we’d rather sit inside the bakery to enjoy the music and atmosphere.

6. Honors Balcony – 10 Green Way

The Honors Balcony. Photo by Wesley Vance.

The Honors Balcony. (Photo by Wesley Vance)

While most students are aware of the Honors Center, which is located in the middle of campus next to Cougar Mall, the balcony attached to the center is a little less known. The hideout creates an even more tranquil space to study compared to inside. “I can concentrate much better than at the library,” says senior Cassandra Awgulewitsch, “it’s quieter.” Looking out from the balcony, you can admire the Spanish moss and watch students pass by below. Enjoy the breeze, study your notes and take it all in.

This article first appeared in the October 2014 issue of The Yard.

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