It’s the worst time of the term: midterms. At least with finals, as soon as you finish you are on break! With midterms, you get to study all week and then have to get right back at it the next day. Great. Although that week of studying can be grueling, sometimes it can be fun; an all night study sesh paired with candy and coffee can actually be bearable with the right group of friends. Or getting up early to do homework can be a little easier with your best bud and a strong cappuccino. Midterm misery loves company. Where are all the spots to meet-up though? Here are the three you will find me at.
The Millar Library, of course.
Although the PSU library isn’t open 24/7 like it is during finals, it is still open until midnight. If you haven’t used the library for long hours of studying before, consider using it this week. You can rent your own study rooms and check-out laptops and other study equipment like white boards; plus there is a coffee/snack kiosk and a myriad of resources all around you to help you study—books!
Where: 1875 Southwest Park Ave
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to midnight
This cute little coffee shop is open 24/7 and is just a short drive over a bridge from campus. It has comfy couches for studying or some tables to do some laptop work. They offer a variety of drinks along with cafe foods. The only downside is that the shop is a little small, so I would save this spot for solo studying or if you only have a few friends with you.
Where: 1223 Southeast Powell Blvd.
The Cheerful Tortoise
Bar studying can be the best sometimes; relax with a drink and snack on some apps while you work. Of course you would want to save your dense studying for the library, but if it is light class-work then it can be nice to a have a certain level of distraction, especially if you know you have hours ahead of you. If you go to the back, by the bathrooms, the noise is decreased by a ton compared to the front of the bar, plus those tables are almost always empty. I love to bring all my books and laptop and post up camp back there for a couple hours, taking breaks to watch one of their TVs as necessary.
Where: 1939 Southwest 6th Ave
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.