Does the campus Starbucks make for a good study spot?
By Isabella Cummings
With the grand re-opening of the remodeled Starbucks on campus last semester, students and faculty regularly merge into crowds creating lines out the door. As an additional study spot, it is common to encounter an abundance of students gathered at tables with a laptop and a book, rather than with a pastry and a beverage. Located adjacent to the library, many have found Starbucks a far more convenient setting to grind between classes, while others seem lost and overwhelmed with the setup of the design.
Hunter Armstrong, a freshman majoring in preclinical laboratory science, currently employed at Starbucks has noticed that “for the amount of people that come in all day, you’d expect there to be a designated section that separates where people can study and where people can eat and hangout, but it seems to kind of blend together and you tend to see a lot of customers [standing] around the pickup area with nowhere to sit because the few chairs that they have [in that area] are occupied by studiers.”
Jade Gibson, a senior majoring in entrepreneurship and her sister Sapphire, in 10th grade, a health science major study regularly in Starbucks. They agreed that this is the perfect location since “it is the core of campus and has coffee available whenever. Any other place is usually too hot, and this is better to study as a group because it’s more conversational, [while] the library is too quiet for my comfort.”
Since Starbucks doubles as a laid-back environment, and a familiar study spot, the comfortable medium of music volume with respect to the visitors has become a topic of debate. “I like the noise, especially with constant movement it helps keep me productive and on track,” Jade Gibson said. On the other hand, Armstrong has personal experience with upset students who have been disturbed by the music volume. “Many people even from outside come up to me and request that the music volume be turned down because it interferes with their concentration,” Armstrong said.
This free-spirited location has an inspiring and creative feel to it. I believe with any spot on campus, there are pros and cons; one must discover their own preference of where they feel most comfortable studying on campus.