To the students of UCO, finals week is officially upon us! Since you’re reading this, I am just going to assume that means you aren’t studying (surprise, surprise). Why is it that when finals week comes around, and we should be studying, it’s always the last thing we want to do? Maybe it’s because our brains are already on winter break or maybe it’s because we’re just mentally and physically exhausted. It also seems that no matter where you go to try and escape you get distracted, whether it’s by friends or by social media, you just can’t seem to focus. But fear not my friends, because we have some great ideas for places to study right here on Central’s campus!
Let’s start out with a college go-to, the coffee shop. You may think that coffee shops would be too loud or distracting, but the Starbucks in the Nigh is actually incredibly peaceful! Just grab yourself a drink, pop in some headphones and join the rest of the caffeinated, sleep-deprived students. If you like lattes, we would highly recommend picking up a Caramel Brulée Latte, maybe add an extra shot if you’re feeling particularly unmotivated. This is also a great place to work on group projects (we’re looking at you communications majors). The long tables and mellow environment make it the perfect place to collaborate.
Another great classic study spot is the Max Chambers Library. We spoke with Michele Ramsdell, assistant director of library development, about the best places to study in the library.
“There are many places in the library for quiet study. The best place is on the south side of the fourth floor. This area is marked as a ‘silent zone,’ which means no cell phone usage, and no talking,” Ramsdell said.
Ramsdell also mentioned that there are quiet zones on the second, third and other areas of the fourth floor, as well as study rooms on the second and third floors, which are great for quiet group study sessions. You can reserve a study room on the library’s website, by phone at 405-974-5159 or in person on the third floor.
The library has a lot of places where students can go to study alone and stay focused. The library also has the Market, which is a perfect place to grab a snack or some coffee in between study sessions. However, the best part of studying in the library is definitely the dogs! Central’s Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts Stress Paws events, where students can pet therapy dogs to help de-stress.
Last, but certainly not least, UCO has a hidden study spot that not many students frequent. The Howell Hall Atrium has a large study room full of tables and chairs that are perfect for studying on your own or collaborating with a group. We do have to warn you though, it can get pretty wild (wild animals that is). This room is full of taxidermied animals and various creatures, to keep things interesting. If you are looking for a change of scenery while you study, this is definitely the perfect place to switch it up.
Finals are hard, but don’t stress out too much! Grab yourself a coffee, pet some loveable fur babies and go ace those finals Bronchos!