There are a lot of solid study spots on campus that allow you to really hone in on your course material and cram your brain with facts! I’ve found this to be the case in a bunch of different places around Fairfield University; I’ve had my fair share of spontaneous study setups in a wide spread of buildings.

There is no better place to study, however, than the Dolan School of Business, specifically the second floor study rooms. Out of all the places I have sat down and worked, this is easily the best one by far.

I am a marketing major, so naturally it might seem like I am biased to the business school. I want to let you know, however, that this is not the case at all; I’ve done work in the Egan School of Nursing, the Dimenna-Nyselius Library and even the Barone Campus Center! You name the place, and I’ve studied there. These are all great locations, but Dolan’s offerings have allowed me to focus on my work the best, even on material that isn’t business related.

I am a believer in the “vibes” of a building; this might sound stupid but I feel like this is something that a lot of people unconciously follow. Whenever I am learning a topic, I like to review that material in the room or environment that I learned it in. For example, when I want to study for a Spanish quiz, I go to Canisius Hall to study, because that is the environment where I learned the material initially.

I have found, however, that the DSB study rooms transcend this preconceived notion that I’ve always followed in my efforts to cram for exams. I have been able to focus on any and all subjects I work on in this room, without any real distraction. 

First of all, simply securing one of these study rooms allows you an unreal boost of serotonin before you can sit down because scoring one of these rooms is like hitting the jackpot! With only three of these team rooms on the second floor, it is rare to find one empty.

After your excitement of securing a room dwindles, it’s now time to study. This room’s versatility is unmatched in any environment. Rain or shine, morning or night, these rooms allow a whole wall’s worth of natural light, with a breathtaking view of the library lawn and chapel.

Now, you can sit down and focus without any distractions. The smaller size of the room is perfect for a solo study session or a group effort.

I should also add that these rooms allow for four students to comfortably study, but any more might be a bit crammed. Whether you are by yourself or with a group of classmates, this room is very accommodating, and in my opinion, it is one of the most versatile. The whiteboard walls on each side of the room add another reason to work here with a whole group.

Don’t twist my words; my intention is not to knock on other study locations. What works for you may not work for me, and vice versa. There are a lot of really great places to do your work on campus; some other places that come to mind are the lobby area of the upper level BCC, the top floor of the library and any open classroom you can find in Canisius Hall. 

All of these, however, come with some type of distraction. In the BCC, someone always seems to be walking by, and your friends may pass and say hello, which will disrupt your train of thought. On the top floor of the library, it is way too easy to zone out and people-watch students walking on the path. In Canisius Hall, the classrooms are far too large for one student, which may create an overwhelming environment for studying. 

Besides not being able to secure one of the DSB study rooms easily, there are virtually no downsides. In my opinion, these team rooms allow for one of the most focused study experiences you can obtain.

I don’t expect you to agree with me, as this is just my opinion, which is based on my personal experiences. I firmly believe, however, that the DSB second floor team rooms are one of the best places to sit down and study.

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