Locations to crush the finals studying

The Homer Babbidge Library will be open 24 hours for exams starting Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 17.  (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

The Homer Babbidge Library will be open 24 hours for exams starting Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 17.  (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

The University of Connecticut has multiple locations to study that include the Homer Babbidge Library, Student Union and lecture halls.

The Homer Babbidge Library will be open 24 hours for exams starting Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 17, according to the library website.

Over 40,000 students go to the library during finals week, which is more than a sold-out game at Rentschler Field, according to the library’s website.

Third-semester cognitive science major Bernadette Bui appreciates the many different places to study in the library.

“There’s the cafe and a lot of options for study spaces,” Bui said.

Other cafes to study on campus include The Beanery, which is open from Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The newly renovated UConn Bookstore has study areas on the first and second floor, as well as a Starbucks café that is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Storrs Center also has another Starbucks location, as well as other locations for students who want to study away from campus.

Another location for students to choose are the empty classrooms across campus.

Seventh-semester political science and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies major Erica Petropoulos studies in her room, at the library and at random classroom buildings.

“I've found that studying in empty classrooms is great during finals week because the library is always packed,” Petropoulos said.

The Student Union is another popular study spot for students.

There are lounges and tables throughout the Student Union and UConn students can use the cultural centers as well.

Fifth-semester accounting and political science major Timothy Yang will be using the Asian American Cultural Center on the fourth floor for his finals studying.

“[It] is comfortable, quiet and conveniently located above the SU food court,” Yang said.

Some students stated preference for sanctuary of their own dorm room. Third-semester physics and mathematics major Alec Mason prefers his dorm room, which has everything he needs to study.

“It’s quiet, convenient, with easy access to an outlet,” Mason said.

First-semester urban and community studies major Grace Lemire enjoys studying in the lounge or classroom of her building.

“It's always quiet in either room, but it's nice to have your friends nearby to help when you need it or to cry along with you,” Lemire said.

As the temperature continues to drop on campus, first-semester marketing and communications major Kayla Sinkevitch prefers not to leave the building to study, opting for the lounge in her building instead.

“Everyone in the library is too depressed and I'm too lazy to walk all the way to the library and back in the cold,” Sinkevitch said.

With the multitude of studying locations, students can pick what is most convenient and comfortable for them to study, with either one or multiple studying spots. Fifth-semester nutritional science major Keiona Khen will be studying in various locations this finals week.

“[I prefer] Cafes, library, lounges…because I like to study with a little bit of background noise,” Khen said.


Kimberly Nguyen is the associate managing editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at kimberly.nguyen@uconn.edu.