As one professor informed me today, we are currently one fourth of the way done with this fall semester. For most students this means the pace of class is picking up. Projects and tests are becoming common occurences, I know I've already had two, and to prepare for these important tasks one must find a place to study. I usually study in my room, but a large portion of students like to get out of their house full of distractions to a place where they can focus. This brings up the question, "Where do Hope Students Study?"
Answer: Everywhere! Students study in the dorms, outside, academic halls, coffee shops, and more. The place where a student studies depends on many variables such as their personality, assignment which needs to be compeleted, weather, living location, and more. Most people find a place that fits their needs and go back to that spot repeatedly. Although there are so many different places to study, some places are more popular than others. It is my goal to highlight a few of these areas.
Your own room is a great place to study. All of your materials are already there, you are able to close the door for some privacy, and get stuff done as long as it isn't too loud.
In every dorm there is a common lobby area. If you are looking for a social area to do homework this is a great place to go. Hope has visitation hours and this area is available if you want to study in the dorm with the opposite gender.
Within each dorm their is a study room - this happens to be Durfee's. If it is too loud on your floor you can walk down stairs and study here.
Surprisingly, the laundry room is a great place to study too. You can multi-task, or you can simply use the sound of the machines to drown out all the other noise. It is also a realitvely private and low-traffic area.
If you want to study in the library, there are many different locations. Right when you walk in their is a coffee shop called the Cup & Chaucer.
Or you can continue on in, and sit at a chair, table, or desk. There are four floors including the basement. Some floors are designated quiet floors. Others you are able to meet as a group and talk.
Most academic halls are available to students 24/7 with their student ID's. This is the Martha Miller Rotunda. In my opinion, this is one of the most popular places to study. You can go here anytime of day and it's almost guranteed someone is in here studying.
Martha Miller Classroom. If you are in an academic hall before 10 p.m. you can go into a classroom and study. After 10 p.m. campus safety goes around locking all the doors. If you want to get into a classroom after 10 p.m. just find a janitor and they will usually let you in. Classrooms are great if you want to write out large equations on the white board, or use a projector.
Lubbers Hall Common Areas. This is one of the best kept secret study spots at Hope. There are comfortable chairs, it is near the dorms, and hardly anyone is ever there.
The Science Center Rotunda. The Science Center is another popular place to study. It is BIG building with lots of different areas to study.
For instance, there are small little cubicles where you can study. (They have work areas similar to this in the Library too. I just didn't add a picture of it.)
Or you go into Group Study Rooms.
Other Fun Locations
If the weather permits, the Pine Grove is a really fun place to study. Grab a blanket n' books and read in God's nature. You are guranteed to see friends or familar faces walking by. If it is a nice day, this place will be crowded.
The Kletz. The Kletz is a dutch word which means good conversation. It is a snack shop based in the basement of Dewitt. If you are hungry, and want to study this is a great place to go. It is a very casual, fun place to study. It is common for groups to do projects together here.
Lemonjello's. This is a coffeeshop one-ish blocks off Hope's campus. There is wi-fi available and this is another place where there is almost guranteed to be a Hope student at all times of the day. If you enjoy background noise while studying this would be a good place for you.
J.P.'s. This is another coffeeshop in Downtown Holland which is close to Hope College. I prefer to go here. It is quieter and more conducive to conversation. They also have wi-fi available here after purchasing a drink. It is fun to sprawl out your homework on a table or a booth and hit the books.