With midterms around the corner, we’ve all noticed the uptick of frantic studying on campus. The noisy influx of stressed students in the library, at the plinth, and other study hotspots are causing crowds just at the time when students need to focus the most. Many students question whether they’d be better off studying in their bedroom. However, studying in locations like bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens present many distractions and are likely little better than studying in a loud library or lounge. So, to make your midterms a little less hectic, I’ve compiled a list of study spaces on campus that can provide an environment more conducive to your last-minute study sessions.
- The Jonsson-Green Skybridge
This wide skybridge, stretching between the Jonsson building and Green Hall, has a series of cubicle-like study desks perfect for skimming through a chapter in a textbook or clicking through a practice quiz on your laptop. Aside from the occasional traffic between classes, the skybridge is relatively quiet, and the large windows provide ample natural light and a birds’-eye view of the northern side of campus.
- Dining Hall West
If you have trouble studying on an empty stomach or prefer to munch your way through a stack of snacks while clicking through a powerpoint, Dining Hall West may be the best study space for you. Surrounded by quiet conversation and unlimited snacks, the dining hall is the perfect place to camp out for extended study sessions because you can go back for more food on your own schedule.
- The North Mall
If green space is your happy space, try studying on the giant grassy steps of the North Mall. If you need a break, just take the soothing sounds of the fountain and watch a frolicking squirrel as reassurance that everything will be all right in the end.
- Founders’ Atrium
With ample seating options and a view that will put you above it all, Founder Atrium is another strong contender for the best-study-space title.
- Student Services Building Lobby
If you find yourself on the south side of campus with a few minutes to spare, why wouldn’t you duck into the SSB lobby for a quick review? The comfortable seating alone is a powerful draw, and the fact that there’s always an empty chair is another.
- Callier Richardson Annex
This extension of the Callier Center to the northeast of campus just opened in August. There’s plenty of modern seating, including oversized chairs with attached mini-desks, sleek barstools, and glass-walled conference rooms, as well as a student lounge with a partial kitchen. Part of the extension isn’t quite finished, though, so be careful to obey all signs and avoid construction areas.
- Second Floor of Naveen Jindal School of Management
The second floor of JSOM is home to a wealth of small, secluded corners, as well as a more open lounge area with tables, deep booths, and an abundance of natural light. It’s also just a short stroll away from JSOM’s vending machine that dispenses testing supplies like scantrons and blue books – convenient for that crucial hour before your exam.
- Hoblitzelle Hall
Let’s be reasonable – college students don’t adhere to the same schedule as the rest of society. If you find yourself in need of a late-night study session, Hoblitzelle may be your unlikely hero. Almost always open, it’s easy to slip in and set up your study materials in the lobby, an empty classroom, or the large lecture hall. There’s also a convenient vending machine for a sugary snack to give your brain an energy spike.
- Catwalk in Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building
You’ve probably noticed the scaled-down plinth in the ATEC building, but have you also seen the catwalk suspended above the lobby area? Scattered with comfortable seating options, the catwalk is the perfect place to fulfill your lofty aspirations for the perfect grade.
- The Administration Building
Rarely entered by students, this building is almost certainly the quietest one on campus. A quick wander through its silent hallways will have you marveling at the absolute lack of other human beings, and you’ll discover clusters of secretive study space throughout – near the stairwells, adjacent to the lobby, and in odd corners on every floor. It’s the Holy Grail of all study spaces. Use it wisely.
So, that concludes my list. Don’t forget to share these lesser-known study spots with your friends – or not!
Class of 2017
B.S. Speech-Language Pathology/ Audiology
The University of Texas at Dallas