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CSULB students look for study havens on campus, at home

With finals quickly approaching, some campus venues are planning to accommodate students remaining on campus to prepare for their tests, projects and presentations.

Studying locations such as the University Library and the University Student Union (USU) offer the comfort of studying alone or with a group, and they have advantages and disadvantages for some students.

“I [would] rather study here in school than at home because at home, I feel more tired and lazy to study. Instead, here at school, I can meet with a couple of friends and study for finals. This usually gets me more focus,” said Panchali Choudhury, a mechanical engineer master’s student.

Studying at school offers the flexibility of feeling accompanied by other students while studying allows them to concentrate more on their work.

Freshman computer science majors Ivan Aceves and Andrei Florentino said they also prefer to study at school because they are more inclined to study and be less distracted.

“I feel that there is a better environment here on campus to study than at home. For one thing, I plan to study at the Music Lounge which makes me feel comfortable, and not at home because, I might tend to procrastinate and end up not getting anything done,” Aceves said.

“Being able to study in a study group I feel it is better because once you are within a group of people who are, studying the same material as you are then it gets me motivated to study as well,” Florentino said.

For some female students, the four assaults on campus this semester have affected their plan for where and when they will study.

“Because of the recent attacks of sexual assault that happened on campus, I will tend to be more careful where I will study, which is why I plan to study with five or six friends here at the Sunset Lounge,” Choudhury said.

Junior English major Amanda Llanez said she feels comfortable studying on campus because of increased police patrols at night.

“In a way, I feel more secure, a little bit safer, because it seems that because of the recent attacks that happened here on campus, the police will be more present,” Llanez said.

There are other students who feel that home is a better place to study rather that at school. Freshman film major Coorey Bruno said he prefers to study at home because it makes him feel more “concentrated.”

“I plan to study at home because it is more convenient for me,” Bruno said. “I have my books and computer, which is all I need, and at home I tend to get more focus and not feel distracted on my studying for finals.”

On campus, there are many locations where student can find peace and quiet to study for finals.

The library has extended the hours of operation until Dec. 22. It is open from 7:45 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The USU will also accommodate students studying for finals. The Study Zone, which includes the ballrooms and lounges on the second floor of the Student Union, will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight. The USU will extend its hours from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. starting today to Dec. 22.

In addition to a quiet space, the USU will offer a Recharging Zone in the second floor. There will be free coffee, fruit, donuts and granola everyday of finals week from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The USU will offer a stress-free zone Dec. 19 to 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The area includes a pianist and free bowling.

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