COLUMBIA — It's a good idea to begin achieving academic success early by finding a comfortable spot to study.
The three most popular — Ellis Library, Memorial Union and the Student Center — might seem obvious, but even in those places, you'll find a few unexpected spots if you look closely.
The obvious: Enter on the north side to find chairs along the long corridor known as the "Colonnade." Find various tables, desks and computers in the "Information Commons." Talking is allowed in both of these areas, so if you need quiet time check out Rooms 201 and 202.
The not-so-obvious: Explore "the stacks," where books are shelved. Individual study desks, upholstered chairs and a few computers are scattered throughout the second, third and fourth floors on both the east and west sides.
The first few weeks of classes are a good time to scout study options at the library. Take the online virtual tour to get started.
The obvious: Check out the lounge on the main floor of Memorial Union North or the tables by Wheatstone Bistro and Starbucks. These spots go fast, but they're especially handy if you need to be close to an electrical outlet.
The not-so-obvious: Wander the halls upstairs and downstairs of both Memorial Union North and South, and you will find many quiet study spots, often with great views. There is a lounge on the second floor in the south wing, and several chairs tucked away like hidden gems in hallway nooks.
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The obvious: The tables on the main level near the food and fireplaces are great places to meet groups. Feel smug if you manage to snatch a booth. Or, head upstairs to claim an upholstered chair or couch.
The not-so-obvious: Take a complete tour of the wraparound hallway on the west side upstairs to find more study locations. Reserve one of the upstairs study rooms, check out the lounge downstairs, and find a few computers and upholstered furniture behind the U.S. Bank on the main level.
Ellis Library, Memorial Union and the Student Center provide lots of studying options, but don't be afraid to look elsewhere. Visit unfamiliar buildings, climb stairs, walk around hallways, etc.
Talk with upperclassmen in your program to see if there is a specific computer lab or room to use. The key to finding the perfect study spot for you is to get out and explore campus.