Switching Study Spaces
A ten-week term flies by fast, and so does my love for a study spot. I am extremely picky about where I work and for how long that particular spot continues working for me. I find the need to switch my study spaces every week if not every day. Every place has a different kind of energy and I love exploring every one of them.
After studying in one spot for more than a week, I find myself physically unable to work efficiently in that place anymore. While this may not sound like a sustainable practice, Dartmouth has so many study spots that I have been able to find new ones whenever I needed to! The Collis Centre has many rooms, which I make use of when I want my own space to study. The Rauner Special Collections Library provides me with a quiet space that also has a beautiful view. The Irving Institute spaces put me in the most productive mood. These are just a few examples of the places I rotate between.
The library motivates me to do my work, seeing all the students being productive. However, it can get too intimidating for me at times. When that happens, I move to a place where I feel more at peace. Sometimes, this is the First Generation Office, with free snacks, beverages and a homely feel. At other times, it is One Wheelock, which is a space in the Collis Centre that has warm lighting and a coffee machine. When none of those places work for me, I return to my room and work there.
This is just my personal take on study spots. I know many people who find one place that works for them and then continue working there the whole term. Everyone's experience is different. If you are worried that Dartmouth as a whole does not seem like a study space that would work for you, know that within Dartmouth there is a myriad of places exuding different energies that cater to everyone's unique tastes!