It’s a Tuesday. You’ve eaten all the snacks packed for lunch already. The Math 221 exam you just bombed and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to study for has made your head hurt. Worst of all, Bascom Hill stands between you and your next class. With just one little nap, your day could get a lot easier, but where do you turn?
Not saying I’ve been in this exact situation before, but I’ve had my fair share of naps on campus. There’s no shame in plucking down in the nearest desk to catch up on some shut eye. Just for you, I’ve used a totally scientific way to score all the napping locations based on privacy, comfort, and quiet on a scale of one to ten.
So no more stalling, here’s the top four places to nap on campus.
4. The Hidden Couches at the SAC
Comfort: 7 Privacy: 4 Quiet: 6 = Sleeping Score 17
On the fourth floor of the SAC there are couches in both back corners. They are super comfy, but they are pretty popular and can be difficult to find empty. They are also surrounded by a couple of desks/tables, so you have to be comfortable with napping by a couple of people.
Basically, the SAC couches are a pretty good nap spot.. if you can get them.
3. 2nd Floor Backroom at the Merit Library
Comfort: 5 Privacy: 7 Quiet: 8 = Sleeping Score 20
This spot is so secret I couldn’t even find a picture of it, so this gif of an adorable puppy in need of a nap will have to do instead.
Merit Library is located in the the 3rd and 4th floors of Teacher Education building (NOT just the general Education building). In the back corner of the third floor, behind the bathrooms is a designated quiet study room. This room has some really comfy chairs leather chairs. Nine out of ten times I’ve checked, there has been no one in there.I gave this a low comfort rating simply because there are chairs and not couches. Easily one of the better spots to nap, and it’s more in the middle of campus. Easy to get to no matter where you are!
2. The Stacks at the Memorial Library
Comfort: 3 Privacy: 10 Quiet: 9 = Sleeping Score 22
The stacks at Memorial Library are on almost every floor. Nestled throughout the stacks are “cages”. Each cage has a desk, a personal light, and an eerie looking cage door.
Cages are the perfect spot if you are looking for a quiet private place to nap the afternoon away. However, you have to be able to fall asleep in the sitting position. Maybe bring your own little pillow or MacGyver your sweatshirt into a lump for your head. The cages can be your mid-day savior.
1. The 10th Floor Couch at the Microbial Sciences Building
Comfort: 6 Privacy: 7 Quiet: 8 = Sleeping Score 21
On the tenth floor of the Microbial Sciences Building is a lone couch. It is pretty secluded because there’s not much up there except a few staff members that pass by. For that reason, it is also pretty quiet. The couch itself is comfy, but not very long. I’m only 5’2”, and I can’t even stretch my legs out straight.
One whole wall of the Microbial Sciences Building is a window which will give you some great views, but awful napping light. All in all, this spot is rarely taken, and it a good bet when you need to get some shut eye.
If you feel like being nice and giving up the location of your favorite napping spot, please let us know where! If you’ve napped in one of these locations and think my rating is whack let us know too! If my math is wrong, please feel free to point and laugh. Comment below, or as always tweet at me (@SierraLivesey).
Finals week is creeping up ever so quickly, but if you haven’t started thinking about them yet you’re in good company. My first year on campus I tried to “just wing” finals week. ‘Cause you know, how different could it really be from high school?
Please, don’t take the same approach. Adding even just a little bit of structure can really help keep you sane and focused. On this post I will be rambling about how you can successfully struggle right on through finals week and come out unscathed, but it might involve *gasp* studying.
1. Check each of your classes’ syllabi (yes, it’s right I looked) and write down the date and time of the final in your planner or on your calendar.
This should be done about a month before finals week, so do it right now! Don’t worry, just leave this tab up and come back to read the rest later. But really, simply writing down and visually being able to see how close or far apart all of your exams are is super helpful to structure out your time.
Another good reason to do this early is because you can ask your professor to reschedule an exam if you have three or more within 24 hours, and it helps your case the sooner you notify them there is a problem (trust me).
2. Write down in your planner/calendar when you will be studying for what exams.
If it works out, I like to allow for whole days to be dedicated to studying for one class. Jumping between two or more subjects when it isn’t necessary makes me lose focus.
It may be different for you though. Think about how you best study and write down on what day and time period you will be studying. Writing it down in advance does wonders for your motivation when it comes time to actually get up and go to the library.
3. Know where you stand (or don’t) in your classes.
Either calculate your current grade or ask your professor/TA to do so for you. Know what you need to earn on the final in order to get a grade you’re satisfied with in the class. More times than not, knowing what I need to score on the final exam has made me a little less stressed and has given me more motivation to achieve it.
4. Study strategically.
What I mean is: consider the context of the exam to figure out how you can best study and use your time. Perhaps one final exam is worth 50% of your grade, and it’s mostly short answer/essay style questions. You may want to take more time studying and use studying methods where you practice reciting or writing out the whole answer. Maybe another final exam is worth 25%, and it consists of all multiple choice questions. In this case you may want to designate less time studying and use a studying method like flashcards.
Of course, also factor in what you need to score on your final exam to get what you want in the class.
5. Have a study buddy or two or three.
Having a friend to study with can be a great reality check. They can remind you get a breath of fresh air and walk around every once in a while. You can take turns manning your table at the library during bathroom breaks and coffee runs. Plus, you can help motivate each other to get to the library in the first place.
Remember to pick the right kind of study buddy. There are some of my friends who I study great with and there are also some where we end up looking through her ex-boyfriends pictures on Facebook within fifteen minutes of sitting down. Know what friends are good study buddies, and don’t be afraid to turn down the others.
Do you have a fool-proof study tip? Have a pick-me-up library snack that never fails? Let me know, and I may include it in a future post! Feel free to comment below or tweet me @SierraLivesey.