study in your room
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study in your room
I never get why people have to go to the library to study. I'm in my room and I can study here just fine.
I'm watching the UFC 107 instead though.
case in point on why studying in your room is hard...wayyyy toooo many distractions. I tried today and it did not work well at all./
I'm studying in my room right now and I'm not distracted at all.
You know, besides this.
I would have more sympathy for the OP if he didn't admit to procrastinating on Mgoblog. You can do that anywhere, there's no need to walk all the way to the Ugli to do it.
I mean, I Mgoblogged a lot while in finals week as an undergrad, but I also did most of most of it in the comfort of my own room.
Also, if you haven't, go find some quiet out of the way spot to study for "me time". My personal favorite was 3rd floor of the Lurie Engineering center. Autolab used to be a great place as well, but I hear they relocated that CAEN site.
Nope, Auto Lab still has a nice CAEN spot. When in doubt, the Union Tap Room was always nice for non engineers as long as you have an ipod.
What would finals week be without being able to say how long you're studying to your friends while spending half your time on mgoblog? It's the equivalent of the guy that spends half his time at the gym trying to talk to people
study in the grad library, South building has individual study carrels on floors 3-6.
but the Grad is closed the Saturday before finals.
Same as always. Open Sunday until 4 a.m., though, and it will have extended hours next weekend, too.
drive up to East Lansing, they have lots of buildings with no one studying in them.
Painful. Probably accurate. I became a Zen master of euchre while I was there, though, and that's much more important. I'll go cry now.
It's called investment in infrastructure, and it's designed to MAKE money. The stadium renovation is going to (a) pay for itself, (b) pay for the majority of other sports, and (c) increase the Athletic Department's profit margin, allowing more money to be diverted to other concerns such as... and this is just off the top of my head... study space.
Besides, the UGLi is full for approximately 8 days out of the year... 4 days each during fall and winter finals.
It is important to find a unique location, whether it be the school of social work international institute exhibit (where i am now), east hall atriums, the reference room of the law library, or an obscure art library. (anywhere but the grad+ugli)
(Edit: I must make a note to recalibrate my...
Although I agree with you and agree finding study space absolutely sucks, the Athletic Department does actually donate money back to the University.
First of all, this should not be a diary; trivial bitching and complaining is reserved for the MgoBoard.
Second, the academic and athletic budgets are completely separated. I bet the University makes more in a year from tuition, grants and endowment interest than the athletic department does every year.
Finally, are you seriously complaining about studying in the UGLI? I assume you know about the law library, probably much more aesthetically pleasing than the concrete walls you are staring at. There is also the grad library, the med school library, the B-school library and two or three spots on North campus you could study at if you weren't so lazy.
At least you have a library to study in, I am in my 3rd year of medical school at Wayne State, I live 15 minutes from campus and there was no library for my 1st two years of school here. There is no library within a 15 minute drive of me that is ever open past 9pm.
Stop crying, you make us all look bad.
You know how Steve Irwin used to hold the deadly Northwest Polynesian Bongo-Bongo Snake 6 inches from his face, and you would say to yourself, "damn, that dumbass is messing with an angry, stressed, and potentially violent creature in its own habitat..."
That pretty much sums up the risk of entering the Law School generally, and the Law Library in particular, this time of year.
I'm not at UofM anymore, but around here stressed 1L's tend to snap in the general direction of undergrads in the Law building. Just a word of warning: if you get bitten, others will point, laugh, and say, "wow, he shoulda seen that coming."
Here is a 5-step program you can write down in case you get nervous:
1. Walk through the doors without letting them slam.
2. Don't be talking on your phone.
3. Don't talk, period.
4. Sit down
As long as you don't act like a moron, people will leave you alone.
And those type of 'crashers' usually don't create any problems, and go largely unmolested. But don't be fooled... we can always identify the undergrads.
They look way too optimistic about life, as if their souls have yet to be crushed by the oppressive weight of the world. They often appear well groomed, recently bathed, and well rested.
These are not the traits of my people.
They could never tell when I'd just go downstairs and study in the law lounge and help myself to the food...
They actually segregate a part of the law library's reading room, and you have to be a law student to sit in the segregated part, which takes up like half the room. It may be difficult for an undergrad to find a seat, honestly. Actually, it may be difficult for anyone to find a seat. When I was there two years ago, it was really hard for actual law students to find a seat, and we had access to the whole room and the underground part as well.
I along with about 100 others once stood buck nekid on top of those 1L's open textbooks singing The Victors one Naked Mile night a few years back. I win.
1997 was a great year.
This may have changed, but when I was still on campus just a year or two ago the law library was actually off-limits to non-law students during finals only. It's great for the rest of the year, though.
I know its on North Campus, but the Dude has tons of space, both in the actual library and scattered around the various atriums and stuff.
Also as an A&D student, I've found that the Art & Architecture has some great corners and stuff to study. I recommend the couches on the East wing, specifically the one underneath the staircase.
Not to rain on your parade but I was at the dude tonight and it was jam-packed. Usually you would be correct, most times there's a decent amount of empty spots(although as big as the place is, it's always busy). Weekend before finals though? Not a chance. You better believe all of us over-achieving engineers are trying to ruin the curve. I left after a couple hours of studying because there was just too much noise/commotion for me to concentrate.
Ah OK. I shoulda figure the engineers would swarm.
BUT! A&D students don't have finals, so the art&arch will either be deserted/swarming with crazy arch students.
...if you can get in, that is.
I could be wrong because I've only been in the building a few times, but I could swear that that building requires MCard entry on the weekends, and is restricted to people who have actual reason to be there. It definitely wouldn't be the only building on North Campus like that; I know that the Space Research Building is locked down after-hours too.
You should try the Foster library. It's on the 2nd floor of Lorch hall, so it's just a bunch of Econ students. It's really quiet, has some computers, looks nice, and has cozy chairs. Although, it may not be open after 7 pm.
Holy crap this might be the worst diary I've ever seen.
...I was going to comment but you pretty much said it all.
in the basement (or was it first floor?) stacks of the Grad library. There are a few tables set up down there and if you are lucky, you can get one next to a window. Because of the maize like layout of the library, the tables weren't the easiest to find so not a lot of people go down there. Of course, that was in the mid 90's. I suppose things could be laid out differently now.
The Michigan sports department supports itself, pays the U for the tuition costs and any university housing costs for its scholarship athletes, and thus however much they spend relates not one iota to the rest of the University in terms of how much is spent on either capital projects or whatever.
Now, go back and have some cheese with your whine...
"My first thought was that it is ridiculous to expect the University to provide space for all of its students during finals."
1. This is not true. There is plenty of space to study if you look around. And even if you can't find any, work in your room.
2. If you disagree with statement 1, then you should go with your original line of reasoning, rather than the utter crap that you spewed out afterward.
...maintain extremely strong focus during a study session I can't recommend the Grad stacks highly enough.
I found the Grad stacks after spending two semesters on academic probation. Following that, I decided my best bet for a turnaround was to find a spot in the Grad where I could study quietly for 5 to 6 hours an evening.
I have no doubt that the time I spent there got me back on the Dean's List and prevented me from academically flaming out of Michigan altogether.
Best of luck.
Is probably the worst option you have at your disposal. Have you tried anywhere else?
Also, getting there early helps. The libraries get packed at night, those who show up before noon get the spots. Nothing like spending 14 straight hours at the library!!!
I second - the UGLi is NOT the best place to study by a long shot. However, even if you do choose that, as long as you get there before 11 am it's EMPTY on the weekends. You just have to get up in the morning, and really if you're seriously concerned about finals, it shouldn't be that hard to do.
Though it was 6-7 years ago, I remember that when the libraries became packed, you just had to branch out into other, less-frequented areas. Try to find some empty classrooms, some off-the-radar buildings, etc. Or just try to study at home.
Picking on the athletic department, though, is pretty dumb. They can provide whatever resources they want to their student-athletes, and since they foot the bill, why freak out? There are enough places on campus to study; it may just require thinking outside the box a bit.
Basement of the Duderstadt is usually empty and quiet.
Not during finals week. Quiet, maybe; empty, definitely not.
North Campus is general is lousy for study locations during finals week. The Dude and computer labs are pretty much guaranteed to be full (although the CAEN website can help you to figure out if that's actually the case). Your best bet is probably to hole up in a classroom somewhere, although you'd have to find one that hasn't been taken over by one of the thousands of group projects due at that time of the year.
The basement of the Dude was always my favorite spot to cram for Aero finals.
Michigan is a football school - deal with it or go somewhere else.
Ohio State is a football school. We are a renown academic institution that happens to be good at football.
The graduate library is always a good spot. Get one of the carrels in the back, floors 3-6. They’re always quiet and I’ve always been able to find a spot
dont go to law school. but no, seriously. dont.
Now thats it over, I really miss studying at the UGLi
EDIT: I really miss college in general
The University is in the middle of a nine-figure renovation project to a facility that is only used eight times year, if it's lucky? I didn't even know about that. I guess they care more about athletics, huh? But I'm a student who plans on going to law school, making bank, and giving a lot back to the school. If I can possibly pay my ever-mounting loans back, that is. Why don't they invest in my well-being instead of a bunch of football players, most of whom won't play professionally anyway?
If this is the type of logic you employ, good luck getting into law school.
During finals week, I used to LIVE in the big carrel in the NE corner of the Grad up on the 6th floor. Inspirational view of the medical campus from there. Get there early.....
On the northwest corner of the 6th floor in the Grad Library, 6-77 IIRC. I also contend that there is no shortage of study places on and off campus. Michigan is what you make of it, but it's up to you to put in the work.