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Study Spots: Top 10 Hidden Gems

Let’s face it, unless you’re a closet nerd like myself, the only time you’re concerned with where to study is during finals week.

I cannot study unless there are comfortable chairs and pleasant surroundings; I am thoroughly convinced that the quality of study is directly proportional to the quality of the cushion in your chair. So since I’m done with my finals on Sunday, I figured I’d release a few gems — the best study spots around campus. Some places you’d never think of and some buildings you’ve probably never been in, but they’re all excellent places to study (most have comfy chairs).

1. 3rd Floor West Pattee Library – This is my go-to study spot, and I’m not completely sure why. But it does have a few comfortable chairs and couches, computer stations, study tables, and individual desks. There’s also The Fred Waring Collection in case you decide your eyes might bleed if you read another sentence. Starting on Sunday, April 29 at 10:00 am, The Pattee and Paterno Libaries will be open for 24 hour days until Friday, May 4 at 2:00 am.

2. Life Sciences Building: 3rd Floor Bridge to Chemistry Building – Again, who can resist a spot with comfy chairs? Also, there’s an amazing overlook of Shortlidge. There is also another work area and computer labs in the ground level of Life Sciences Building.

3. Hintz Family Alumni Center Although I have not actually studied here, I hear it’s very nice. It looks as if it would feel like home. However, unlike home, the building is only available Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

4. Business Building Classrooms – When I used to study for my math finals, I would use the Business Building classrooms’ whiteboards to practice my problems. But there’s also enough room to just sit and do work even if there are other people using the room as well.

5. Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library – I just went in this building today, and it was really cool inside, and although it’s a smaller library, definitely a hidden gem.

6. Forest Resources Building: 1st Floor –  There were a couple couches, tables, and chairs in the lobby to work at and also a student center that has more room to work.

7. Leisure Reading Room and Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library – The Leisure Reading Room is a new addition to the library this year and has more chairs for individual reading and the like, but the Knowledge Commons (open 24 hours, by the way) has a lot of computers and group work stations as well as plush chairs for individual studying. Here are the library operation hours during finals week.

8. IST Building – There are plenty of work tables and computer rooms (if classes are not in session and the doors are unlocked) to use as well as a cafe if you are in dire need of energy during the day.

9. Otto’s Cafe in Kern Graduate Building – Some people have finals in the Kern Building, so it’s convenient to show up a little early, get some studying in, and get a snack if you need before the exam.

10. Health and Human Development Building – I feel like no one ever thinks to study here, but it’s a fun shaped building and there are usually available classrooms. But be warned, the janitors kick you out at 11:00 pm.

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