With that first wave of exams about to crash (or maybe it already crashed), the main libraries and student centers will soon be overpopulated with students trying to cram in all of the studying and paper writing they’ve had the past month or so to do. Whether you’re trying to avoid the rush or are part of the rush yourself, here are five places you should consider studying at instead here at Rutgers.
Rutgers Business School
This is personally my favorite place to study. Since it is a relatively new building, the business school study lounges are pretty unfamiliar to those who aren’t part of RBS. THEREFORE, they aren’t that crowded about 80% of the time (obviously you want to avoid rush hour times). Countless outlets, large open spaces, and QUIET, but not too quiet. It’s a casual studier’s paradise.
Mathematical Sciences Library
Hidden in the Hill Center is the Math Library, a study haven for those who need absolute quiet to tackle those difficult problem sets. There are two floors; the main floor contains large and spacious tables, and the top floor contains hidden cubicles in the corners. The library itself is pretty small so it’s cozy, but never crowded.
Also hidden inside a giant building, Chang Library has made its home in Foran Hall. This bright and spacious study zone is not so well known to the general student body, especially because of its close proximity to the Douglass Library. The pin-drop silence is perfect for getting through the semester’s worth of reading you’ve managed to avoid.
Douglass Student Center
Okay, so you can study at any student center, that’s a given. But the Douglass Student Center gets a special shoutout because unlike the rest of the Rutgers student centers, the DSC gives its students an incredibly homey feel. Venture up to the second floor and you’re met with a room full of comfortable chairs, study tables, warm colors, and a roaring fireplace. A fireplace. I don’t know about anyone else, but when it’s freezing outside (which it is about 70% of our academic year), I definitely wouldn’t mind sitting by the fire with some Dunkin’ Donuts in hand to do some studying.
That’s right. You were dreading studying on College Ave because you knew Alexander Library would be filled to capacity by 12 PM. But lo and behold! Just down the street, right next to Voorhees Hall (behind Scott Hall) is a second library. The Art Library is something special. The large windows and tall pillars help students feel not so cooped up, even after hours of studying. My favorite part is on each of the three floors, you’re treated to an astounding amount of artwork to admire when you want to take a study break.
And that’s it! Obviously, Rutgers is a huge school and there are a million more places to study. Just remember that if none of these places work out for you, you have an abundance of study lounges, common areas, and even off-campus coffee shops to use. As a Rutgers student, even at a school this big, it is 100% possible to find a corner to claim just for yourself.
By Ruchika Devalapalli
Photo Credit: Carolina Cuartas