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Studying at Jefferson Marketplace

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2019

If you are looking for a great place to study or socialize, I would suggest one of the best places on campus: the Jefferson Marketplace/Jefferson Hall Lobby.

For my first two years on campus, I lived on East Green in the Read/Johnson Complex. I would usually study at Alden Library, but occasionally, I would study in the engineering buildings (Stocker or the Academic and Research Center) or somewhere else.

However, after the renovation of Jefferson Hall, I found a great place to study where I could complete my work in a serene and comfortable environment. While there, you can grab a sandwich from Brick City Deli, then grab a cup of coffee (or tea) from Steeped and Stirred, and finally, find a suitable location to study which varies from room to room. All the study spaces include whiteboards and space for group projects, whether in the individual, multipurpose or corridor areas.

Overall, from the fireplace in the lobby to the cozy seats in the corridor, Jefferson does a great job in helping you feel comfortable and cozy. And plus, if you need snacks, the market is within reach.

If you are ever on East Green, I highly recommend studying (or socializing) there, it is definitely a memorable spot!

Coping with it All

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 29 November 2018

School is a stressful time, for everyone, but more so for engineers due to the heavy workload. Stress can take on a lot of forms and create high anxiety, bad moods and an overall poor outlook on things. I think it’s very important to focus on one’s current stress level, what those stressors are, the effects of them, and what they can do to help.

From my college experience with friends and talking with other students, it seems to me people don’t make an effort to address these issues and get stuck in the mindset of “It’s just stress, its unavoidable and I just have to deal with it”. I believe having a more structured process to combatting stress can be beneficial for everyone.

Once you identify the stressors in your life, and its decided they cannot be removed, I like to find things that I love to do. I like to work out, take my dog on hikes, fish, and other activities that take my mind away from the stress for a little while. With our crazy lives it can be hard to find time for these activities.

I believe there is a secondary tier of stress reducers which are those little things you can fit into your life without deviating from your daily tasks. A lot of these things can be done in the shower, walking to class, between classes and on your commute home. These include listening to your favorite music (at the highest volume, in my case), calling a family member or friend for 5 minutes, reading an interesting article, or reminiscing on a successful weekend or a long-lost happy memory. To me, these little things get me through the day, then the week, then the semester.

To go along with this, my one piece of advice is to take 10 minutes out of your day to do absolutely nothing. This time for me is right when I wake up in the morning. I lay down with my dog and do nothing but listen to him breathe, or I stare at the ceiling and think about the good things in my life. We have a lot to be thankful for and we can’t let the toll of stress make us forget that.

Senioritis? No time for that!

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 14 December 2017

It is most college students’ hope that after putting in three long years of studying and hard work, that their senior year they can just carry the required classes and maybe take some fun classes just to meet their minimum hours. For me, however, I don’t exactly get this luxury.

The largest reason for this is that because I plan to pursue medical school next fall, I had to take additional classes throughout my undergraduate years to meet the prerequisite requirements. In addition to these classes, you add a personal finance class (because I wasn’t exactly the best with money…) and a couple “just for fun classes,” and here I am as a senior and I need 20 credit hours each semester to graduate on time!

The reason I’m telling you this isn’t to brag or complain or anything of the sort, but rather to make two points:

  1. Plan your entire class schedule early and well, and

  2. Find what works best for you and grow from it.

This second point may seem a little odd, but let me explain. Though I had 20 credit hours this semester on top of the other organization commitments and responsibilities I had, I found it to be one of my most productive semesters to date. There’s something about feeling busy all the time that increases my productivity and makes me more motivated to keep moving forward.

When reflecting on this experience that I thought would be miserable, I have actually learned more about myself and how I perform best. The things I have learned from this experience are things I plan to implement into my life moving forward.

What the Heck is a “Study Aesthetic” and Where Can I Get One?

Mira Cooper

Mira Cooper,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 3 April 2017

One of the most important things anyone will ever learn in college—besides how many credit hours is too many credit hours—is what their very own study aesthetic is. I’m going to refer to it as an “aesthetic” for two reasons. The first being that “aesthetic” is my favorite word of all time. The second being that I’ve found that the only way to really and truly convince myself to do something I see as unpleasant is to turn it into something unnecessarily dramatic (or as the kids call it, “extra”).

Your very own study aesthetic can say a lot about you, and can be one of the most fun self-discoveries you’ll have in these four years. However, it can also be horribly stressful because you won’t even notice that you’re searching for it. You’ll just know that something you’re doing isn’t working, and it just doesn’t feel right.

My entire freshman year, I tried so hard to be a library studier—on the top floor of Alden, surrounded by bookshelves filled with information you can easily find with one simple Google search. It felt…forced. It felt fake. I wasn’t learning anything that I hadn’t learned in class or recitation, so I found myself getting frustrated when I wasn’t making any progress.

My sophomore year, I tried to be a dorm studier. This was easier in my quiet sophomore dorm than in my rowdy freshman dorm, so I thought I was making progress in my setup. But there was still something missing.

My junior year, I became a coffeehouse studier. It was like the clouds parted and the choirs started singing! Not really, because that would be horribly distracting. I realized that it wasn’t just a room with light background noise that I needed, it was an entire environment. An environment with a history.

Coffeehouses have been the place of academic, social, and intellectual interaction since their inception. In the beginning, they were a place where natural and social scientists of all economic classes could meet to discuss ideas. They were where pivotal friendships such as that of Edmond Halley and Isaac Newton were formed. I learned that for me, I need that history of innovation to work well. I need the feeling of coziness to surround me while I work on a foundations engineering project, or else I won’t be productive. Even as I’m writing this, I’m sitting on the second floor of Donkey Coffee—a local coffeehouse—with a tall glass of lavender/peppermint soda.

Now, Donkey Coffee may not be the best place for everyone. Many engineering students that I’ve met feel they absolutely cannot work outside of the ARC (Academic and Research Center), and some have said that they can’t study anywhere other than one specific study room in the library.

So, as you go on your journey through college looking for your productivity sweet-spot, remember that no two people are alike. And remember that the location is not the only variable you need to consider. You may need a specific drink, a specific type of music, a certain feeling to the place you’re about to settle into. You may do your best work in the gym, surrounded by the smell of sweat and the clink of weights returning to their shelves. You may work best in a restaurant, with bustling waitstaff bringing plates of fries to the table next to you. All I can say is that you’re going to feel so much better when you finally find the setting that works for you.

Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2016

In 2010, the Russ College was expanded with the Academic Research Center (better known as “The ARC”) as a place for students to work on projects and homework, have classes, and conduct meetings for various organizations. A lot of the students refer to it as “home” since it seems sometimes that we spend the majority of our time there, we are comfortable there and our friends are usually there too. The ARC is a blessing for us and having our own café to fuel the caffeine addictions is fantastic as well. However, sometimes I forget that life exists outside the outer edge of West Green so I have been seeking to take in as much of the beautiful campus as I can before I graduate in April.

I have been exploring Athens, trying to find different places to study, grade papers or read and I have a few favorite places for each activity.

One of my favorite places is Front Room Café on the fourth floor of Baker Center. It is actually where I am writing this blog post! It’s a good place to meet up with people or work on homework. I love to come to Front Room on Wednesday and Friday nights for open mic and have done so since my freshman year!

Front Room Fireplace

There’s a fire going right now which is keeping me warm on this 22º day!

Another one of my favorite places to do work is the 7th floor, East wing of Alden library. It has one of my favorite views on campus and was recommended to me by my father who used to study there when he was a student, so it makes me feel connected to home! t’s a much quieter place than Front Room, so it’s good for when I really need to focus.

Snowy View from Alden

A picture of the view from the 7th floor East wing of Alden

I also enjoy going to Donkey Coffee on Washington St. (Clearly, I have a coffee addiction.) This is probably my favorite place to grade papers and makes me feel important and like a professor.

Donkey Coffee

Not warm enough to study outside yet

There are several others places I enjoy going to study, but those are the top 3 outside the ARC/Stocker area. It’s important to remember there is a bigger community out there and tons of places to explore on campus and around Athens. When the weather warms up I hope to find some great places to study outside!

Winter’s Back

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 January 2016

Spring semester officially started on the 11th of this month and, let me tell you something, it does not feel like spring. We’ve had temperatures at negative 14 degrees and phones have been buzzing with winter-weather-advisory warnings. Just a few months ago I was sitting in the sunshine sipping on frozen, fruit drink and enjoying the salty ocean waters with the soft sand in between my toes; there is nothing more that I want than to just go back and enjoy that for a few more days.


However, I know that once winter passes away for the year, I’m going to miss the magical, romantic feel of watching snow fall from the sky and the chance of spending that time with all my friends for one last semester. In fact, as I write this right now in my apartment that overlooks the University, the Summit, I’m watching fellow classmates sledding down the very hill that I live on.


With the start of the Spring semester, classes are taking off at full throttle, picking up everything academically from the previous semester. And since this is my senior year, I have conditioned myself to give 110% at the start of the semester. Now for some students, this may be difficult if this is their first time experiencing this–but with my experience–I have the perfect remedy for such a thing.

First things first, you have to work hard such that any free time earned is that much more enjoyable. The next step is to encourage your peers to do the same, because your friends also tend to be your best motivators. Likewise, once everyone is done with their work, you can all partake in the freedom of not having any work and have some real fun.

For example, as a freshmen, a leader board was set up in my dorm to tally wins against other students in different video games that everyone could see and participate. As a result, this competitive competition not only implemented the constructive nature of diligence through rank, but also begot and nourished what would be the foundations of stronger friendships and relationships. In fact, we played one of these video games so much, we burned out the disc and it became completely unusable. Despite this unfortunate event, it wasn’t long after that the sun finally broke through the winter clouds and dawned the initiation of outdoor activities.

Preparing for Finals

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 4 December 2015

The finals are coming! The finals are coming! This is a statement that stresses out any student. I have already noticed an increase in the number of students holding late night study sessions in the ARC.

So, how do you prepare for finals week? There is no exact answer–it depends on the student. But from my own personal experience, DO NOT CRAM! Many students wait until the day before to review for a final but this is extremely inefficient because your brain is incapable of retaining a whole semester’s worth of information in one day. It’s impossible! Do not try!

Instead, plan ahead two weeks before finals. Know what days your finals are and prioritize studying time for each class. At least start reviewing 4-5 days before your test for best retention and complete at many practice problems as possible.

If you have projects due finals week, try to complete them the week before or else they will just add to your finals week stress!

Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! It’s vital to a successful test! Do not go into a test without sleep as it will often lead to doing worse than if you hadn’t stayed up all night studying.

If all else fails and you are stuck with 24 hours to prepare for a test, know your weaknesses and focus on these areas. Obtain as much coffee as possible!

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!