EXAM DAZE: Top 5 study spots at Wingate

Brianna Weston
Staff Writer

One of the main struggles at exam time is figuring out the best spot to study. Luckily, there are a handful of good locations on the Wingate University campus to do that…

According to ezlivinginteriors.com, a designated study space can help sharpen the mind and improve concentration. The first step is exploring new locations on campus or asking other students where they like to study. Then figure out your study style. Do you like complete quietness or do you prefer chatter in the background? Here are the top five places to study at Wingate.

5. McGee Center Lobby

Studying in a gym isn’t the first place many students think of, but the lobby is quieter than most spaces on campus. There are comfortable couches near charging ports and the lighting is not overly bright, creating a great ambiance. The only downside is the foot traffic coming in and out of the building, which could be distracting for some.

The large window showcasing the weight room is odd but the atmosphere of the building is a nice change. “In between classes, I like to hang out in the lobby to finish last-minute assignments,” said Jaylen Garner, a Wingate junior.

McGee is a great spot for people who don’t care much about noise or what’s happening around them.

4. Burris Student Lounge

            On the main floor of the Burris Building, there is a small student lounge near the elevator that is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many students are not aware of this lounge since it is not advertised much. It’s usually vacant throughout the day and it’s a great spot to do some studying without social interaction.

However, the elevator is extremely loud and makes an unpleasant noise every time someone presses the button. Invest in some noise-canceling headphones to drown out the elevator and you’re good to go. If you need a quick place to eat your lunch and review notes, this lounge is the perfect spot.

3. Ethel K. Smith Library

As you would expect, the library is the most common spot students come to study at Wingate. It’s a place where you can check out study rooms, dry-erase markers and boards and even headphones. The historic building has armchairs in every corner on the first and second floors and in the main stacks. However, the library can get rowdy in the Flag Room, where most students decide to eat lunch and chit-chat with friends before class.

If you need a space with no interruptions, it’s highly recommended to check out one of the  quiet study rooms from the circulation desk. In these rooms, there is a table and chair with a mini-whiteboard students can utilize to work out equations and ideas.

“One of my favorite areas is the desk inside the main stacks,” said senior Garrett Elder.  “I like to look out the window every so often when studying.”

2. Crowder Welcome Center

This recently renovated space brings a peace and serenity that envelops a state of relaxation. The center has many support services for students as well such as the Career Center if you need help designing a resume or cover letter. This is a good place to go if you commute to campus and need a place to escape between classes.

“The space is cozy and comfortable with the eggshell chairs and the cool temperature,“ Garner said. “It’s usually quiet depending on the time of day you go there.”

The one downside of this spot is that the campus tours begin here and there can be some unwelcome noise that comes with that.

1. Starbucks

            The seating area of Starbucks is at the top of the list for the best place to study on campus. The sweet aroma of coffee beans and distinct chatter are quite comforting when doing schoolwork here. There is easy access to coffee drinks and snacks to eat at the various tables sprawled across the room. All of it makes for the best spot to study at Wingate.

            During the morning, Starbucks is filled with students sipping coffee and studying with friends or by themselves. “I like sitting in the Starbucks area as the smell of coffee beans helps me concentrate on the work ahead,” said senior Henning Kunze.

If you like coffee and soft music, this is the place for you.

Finding the right study place that fits you as a student is a trial-and-error process, so it’s best to explore and find your own perfect spot–even if it’s not on this list.

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