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Keys to studying are motivation, location

Feb. 7, 2001

Many of you are in the same boat as me when it comes to studying. It's one of those things that has to be done, but there just doesn't seem to be a good time, or even a good place. This problem, especially recently, has been truly plaguing me.

The library, theoretically, is a great place for studying, but after trying to study there for the past three years, it is really getting old. I have sat in every seat there, read in every corner and had one of everything out of the vending machines.

On beautiful days like Tuesday, it is great to go outside, find a nice oak tree and read a book. The problem with this is that the book reading only lasts for a short time until I decide it's time for something more active and I get out a Frisbee or just go for a walk.

And if you think that I am going to stay in my dull, dingy apartment and study for more than 10 minutes -- well, you haven't been to my apartment before. If you haven't noticed by now, you can tell that I sometimes have a procrastinating problem.

Don't get me wrong: I love reading and all of my classes are interesting, but there is just something about Frisbee. I thought that I had found my savior.

The Armstrong Browning Library is something different. It's quiet and honestly just a beautiful place. If you have never been, just stop by one afternoon. (I recommend visiting in the afternoon, when the sun shines brightest through the stained glass.)

I have been going over there off and on for a while. The problem that has risen there is that the library only keeps normal office hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. So just about when I am ready to go study, it is closing.

Maybe I should just stop trying to find the perfect place and stick to my apartment; or maybe the hours of the Armstrong Browning Library will be extended sometime. I guess I have another year to find out where else to go. If you have any ideas, let me know, and if not, we can just go play a few games of Frisbee.