The 5 Worst Places to Study @ Brown

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One of the biggest challenges at the beginning of a long day of studying is deciding where to go. Chances are your dependable table at the Sci Li/ Rock has been invaded by the millions of students who apparently only choose to start going to the libraries in the last week of the semester. Well, Blog is here to make your life a little easier by telling you where NOT to study this finals period:

  1. The Main Green

Yes, the weather is starting to (maybe, hopefully) get nicer but if you claim that you can actually get work done on the MG, you’re lying. If it’s sunny, the green will be filled with people talking, playing music or, worse, PLAYING SPIKEBALL. *cue screams*

It's really taking all of my willpower to not starting flogging spikeball right now. But seriously, what are these people doing??
It’s genuinely taking all of my willpower to not starting flogging Spikeball right now. Because seriously, what are these people doing??

Even the Quiet Green will probably be filled with English concentrators reading for pleasure (ew), distracting you with their lack of work. Plus, the glare of the sun will make it impossible for you to see your laptop. And if it isn’t sunny, the Main Green will just be miserable. Admittedly, this gloomy atmosphere is more conducive to studying. But the rain could ruin your notes (aren’t they already wet enough from your tears?).

So look, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go outside during finals or anything. Much like you would walk a dog, make sure to take yourself on a brisk stroll around the Main Green every day! Just don’t pretend that you’ll study there.

  1. The Ratty

At first, studying in the Ratty seems like an amazing idea. You can sit alone at a table in the cave and break up your study sessions with snack breaks. And if you study there all day, you get to only use one swipe for all three meals. However, the Ratty is loud. Even if you’re not sitting with people there’s a constant background hum that will inevitably piss you off. The tables are also not the texture of regular desks – they’re weirdly sticky in a way that I would rather not think about right now. But the worst part of studying in the Ratty is that you will not stop eating. You will spend 45% your time snacking on gross food you don’t even want to eat, 25% of your time procrastinating by walking around looking at gross food you don’t even want to eat, 20% of your time talking to random people and only 10% of the eight hours you’re there will actually be spent studying.

It's also really easy to get distracted pondering the purpose of those weird plastic circles hanging from the ceiling.
It’s also really easy to get distracted pondering the purpose of life, existence, and those weird plastic circles hanging from the ceiling.
  1. The Blue Room

There’s nothing I hate more than walking into the Blue Room and seeing a lone person without any food taking up an entire booth studying. Please don’t make me hate you. I don’t even get how you can study in the Blue Room – it’s always so loud. Anyway, I will be that person who goes and gets a sandwich and awkwardly stands in front of your table until you feel guilty and leave.

  1. Coffee Exchange (or any coffee shop with really small tables)

How am I supposed to get anything done on a table that’s too small for my laptop and textbooks? Studying is not supposed to involve this kind of physical exertion. Also, walking all the way off-campus to study is really just another weird form of procrastination. You’re only delaying the inevitable!

Small, circular tables are the bane of my existence. Look at this poor man, balancing his laptop on his knees.
Small, circular tables are the bane of my existence. Look at this poor man, precariously balancing his laptop on his knees.
  1. Your Room

There’s just no way you don’t end up in bed. You’ll either talk yourself into taking a “quick nap” or you’ll just try sitting there because it looks so much more comfortable than your desk chair. And then you’ll fall asleep.

Yes, I am aware that this girl is reading Harry Potter 6. But you get the picture.
Yes, I am aware that this girl is reading the sixth Harry Potter book. But you get the picture.

When there’s no one around to make you feel guilty for not working, procrastination becomes so much easier. Studying is easier when you’re around other people who are also studying. The principle of social facilitation states that being around other people enhances your task performance (which reminds me that I really should be studying for CLPS0010 right now).

Good luck everyone!

 

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