November 6th, 2017
Where do I sit?
Lack of study spaces on campus is the entire reason we are getting a new building built. But in the meantime, where can you study and why does there never seem to be enough space? Well, there are, you just need to walk a lot more to find them.
Students will too often need to walk from one building to another in order to find a place to sit and read or write. Climbing all the way to the third floor of the Science building just to find nothing and then to do it all over again in the Arts building can lead to insanity.
There are the usual spots that everyone knows and subsequently fill up quick. The Arts atrium, the tables in EME, the reading rooms in the library, and the entire second floor of the library. We all have wasted at least a half hour wandering around looking for a place to sit, sometimes more.
Too often people will walk into study rooms to find that those who left it last also left their garbage. Aside from the obvious disrespect, this just really cuts down on the amount of study space.
Individual study spaces like the second floor of the library can be used for the obvious, quiet and focused work. Tables, like in the reading rooms of the library, can be used to spread out your work without taking up others space. Tables in common areas can be used for group work. But you know all of this. You probably also know that most people don’t follow these guidelines.
Some students will take up more than one spot, sprawling out their textbooks and laptops. It’s not necessarily their fault, however, sometimes you have to get your work spread out in order to think, but there are appropriate spots if that’s how you study. Fault can be laid on those people who play games or talk on the phone in quiet areas, or the worst people of all: study room mess makers.
Too often people will walk into study rooms to find that those who left it also left their garbage. Aside from the obvious disrespect, this just really cuts down on the amount of study space. Nobody wants to study in a disgusting room, which means rooms are not being used and more space is being taken up elsewhere. Eventually, this gets back to you, wandering around looking like a lost puppy.
There is limited space to the point that an entire new building needed to be built. One seat in the library for every thirteen people was the statistic used for the initial vote for the building, but if people follow common courtesy, we might have just a little more room.