Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Studying Outside Your Dorm Room

Considering this is your second semester in college and you're now a seasoned veteran when it comes to studying, you've probably gotten use to your regular places: your dorm room, your friend's dorm room, your usual corner at The Bizzell, etc... Have you ever thought to look further than your typical study spots? Well, a change of scenery might do you some good. Here are a few suggestions...

For the coffee lover: Michaelangelo's and Fancy That are both great cafes/coffee shops off Main Street in downtown Norman that have a lot of character. Similarly, Cafe Plaid not only has great food, but a coffee bar too, plus big open tables where you can spread out with all of your work. And, because it's located on Campus Corner, it's within walking distance and gets OUWiFi.

For the nature lover:
It's [finally] getting warm outside! So post up on the tables outside the Union or in the courtyard near Price. As long as you're on campus, you get WiFi, so why not get your tan on and write a paper at the same time?

For the oh-so-studious student: If you need absolute zero distraction, take advantage of the 24/7 study rooms located on the 12th floor of the Couch and Walker Dorms. Trust me, you won't be able to use them as much as you think next year. While you're at it, use some of your points to stock up on snacks from Etcetera.

For the group worker: If you like studying with your friends but can't all fit into your tiny dorm room, you can rent rooms online at a number of buildings, including Price Business College or the Library.

Really, you can study anywhere on campus. Whether it's in between classes at the Union or out on the grass on the South Oval, don't feel confined to the four concrete walls that OU calls a "bedroom".

I asked a sophomore student at The University of Oklahoma where she would study as a freshman: