Finding the right study space
There are places all around campus that have yet to be completely discovered by many students, making them the perfect study locations on campus.
While walking from Starbucks to Jordan Hall, it might seem like there is a greenhouse on the third floor of Jordan. That is actually a study lounge in the political science department, open for all students.
This study lounge in JH339 is equipped with five to six tables, a few soft chairs, vending machines and a microwave.
The glass, greenhouse-like ceiling gives a view of Atherton Union and Schwitzer Hall.
For any students who are foreign language majors or minors, the Modern Language Center is an appropriate place for quiet study time or some collaboration work between groups for foreign language classes.
There are tables and soft spaces in the center, and plenty of resources to help with the study process.
The Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building is loaded with study spaces.
There are hidden soft spaces off of the main hallways, and many tables and chairs can be found between whiteboards in the new part of the building. These secluded spaces keep students out of the line of passersby.
There are also a few small rooms, like PB305, that are furnished with a computer, a table and a few soft chairs.
In the basement of the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building is the student lounge, which is designated as a quiet area.
There are white boards, tables and chairs, as well as section dividers to keep students separated and eliminate distractions.
Like JH339, there are vending machines and microwaves located in the student lounge for those late-night study sessions that may require a quick pick-me-up.
When it may seem like all the good study spaces have been taken over by what seems like the entire student population, keep an eye out for that jewel of a spot in the most secluded area of a building.
Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS), the Department of Recreation and the Learning Resource Center have coordinated activities and events for Stress Less Week, which is going on this week.
“The goal [of Stress Less Week] is to expose students to opportunities to reduce stress, like healthy eating, physical activity, puppies and yoga,” said Sarah Barnes-Diaz, health education and outreach programs coordinator.
Barnes-Diaz also said these activities are accessible on campus.
It is important to find something that works for you and makes you feel good and then find it on campus. Stress Less Week is all about giving students healthy stress management options.
Barnes-Diaz said the activities and events that seem the most popular every year are Playtime with Puppies and chair massages.
Chair massages are being held today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Playtime with Puppies is on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Thursday evening, there will be paper on the tables in Atherton Union for students to “doodle at dinner,” then later that night at the Health and Recreation Complex, there will be a candlelight swim from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.