Post by Alex Bernas ’19
It’s that time of year again: Work piles up, and you are stuck in Magill/dorm room/usual study space. The longer you stay, the more the room feels like a prison cell. But you cannot flee for freedom until noon of December 16th – or can you?
I’m not telling you to ditch your work. I’m telling you to take your work elsewhere. The change in scenery may be just what you need to reinspire yourself and realize just why you enjoy what you’re studying.
Without further ado, here are (in my opinion) Haverford College’s underrated study spaces:
Union Music Library
Buried beneath Haverford’s home for classical music, this hidden gem is unknown to many. With the sound of talented students practicing their music, a large wooden table, and the friendliest librarians on campus, Union Music Library radiates warmth.
Remember rolling your eyes at anyone who tells you that exercise is good for the brain, thinking that you’ll never have time to leave the desk? What if I told you that you CAN exercise and study at the same time? While it’s true that you cannot type a paper or access the internet while walking the nature trail, you can talk through ideas for your next paper or have your friend quiz you on relevant key terms. Bring your friends to the nature trail for a super fun study group!
The change in scenery may be just what you need to reinspire yourself and realize just why you enjoy what you’re studying.
In my Foundations of Psychology class, I learned that we associate pieces of information with the place in which we learned them. Chances are, your classrooms are unoccupied at night. So if you’re confused about something in Biology/Math/Philosophy/insert other tough course here, try going back to your classroom and see if that helps you remember relevant information
Who is too lazy to do laundry? I know I am! Coming back every 40 mintues to transfer clothes from one place to another can break concentration. But chunking your study time according to how long it takes for a machine to wash/dry your clothes can actually force you to get one task done within a certain amount of time.