University of Notre Dame
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Where Do You Study?

After the whirlwind of moving-in, making shopping runs to Target and picking up your books, the time arrives to bid goodbye to your parents and join your new friends in settling in as Notre Dame students. Amidst the serenades and ice cream socials of Orientation weekend, it is easy to overlook the central reason we are here — namely to be students! Not only do we need to adjust to new living arrangements and eating patterns, but also to new classes, professors and expectations associated with the high caliber of academics at Notre Dame. How can I get to know my professors? What should I do if I am struggling in a class? What classes should I be taking? Fortunately, the First Year of Studies office is more than capable of answering these questions and assisting you in a smooth transition to college academic life. However, once papers and exams start coming, a more practical and mundane question becomes prominent: where is the best study space for me on campus?

Some people work best relaxing in bean bags, others need isolated cubicles and some want tables to facilitate study group discussions. Different occasions and assignments require various study spaces. But, for a new student on this vast campus, the search for the ideal environment conducive to accomplishing work can be daunting. After wandering around numerous academic buildings, asking upperclassmen for their preferences and trying out any number of study spots (from the study rooms in my dorm to the hard-to-find East Lounge in the basement of LaFun), a few study spots stood out as favorites and I’ve been returning ever since.

Still, I wondered if students every year faced this same process of searching for their “go-to” study spots. As a member of Student Government’s First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL), we discussed the information we wished we had been given during Orientation. Unanimously, among males and females, business and engineering majors, North and South Quad residents, we all wished we had been given a comprehensive list of study spaces on campus to ease the transition to college life. So, FUEL members worked with the Senate Department of Academic Affairs over the last few months to revise and update a rudimentary list of study spaces that had been compiled in previous years.

As successful students, it is imperative that we work in environments that foster our growth and advancement. The University of Notre Dame boasts a myriad of exceptional, stimulating places to collaborate, research, draft and complete academic work. I am pleased to have joined with fellow first-year students in assisting those who are new to campus or who are simply in need of a new study spot to discover where they work best. It is evident that this campus has much to offer its students and, in turn, we have much to offer the University. Take advantage of every opportunity, class, resource and study space!