By Kyla Brinkley
Many students prefer not to brave Athens’ capricious weather to study outdoors, especially after a long day of trudging to class. Maybe it’s too windy, too blisteringly hot, too wet or freezing cold outside. On a nice day, however, the perfect outdoor study spot can be a great way to get through some reading or simply relax and enjoy nature.
Mary Kahrs Warnell Memorial Garden
Just outside the Warnell Forestry building and the Ecology building is Warnell Gardens, complete with a stone walkway and a turtle pond. Many students can be found studying here even on hot days because the trees keep the area shady and cool, and the sound of the water is relaxing after a hectic day. On most Wednesdays, UGA’s Campus Bike Co-Op provides bike repairs and even bike safety classes in the garden. Maddie Green, a custodian from nearby Hardman Hall, passes through the garden every day. She is confident that “students come from south campus just to view the fish in the pond.”
Davison Life Sciences Complex/R.C. Wilson Pharmacy
The lawn in front of the Life Sciences building is often utilized as a spacious, secluded tailgating spot. However, it is also a prime study area for many science majors. Jessie Kim, a junior biology major from Lawrenceville, admitts that she doesn’t study at Life Sciences much because of the heat. She points out that “if you go towards Pharmacy, people are always lying down, reading a book or something.” The field at Pharmacy is a more popular study locale in general, but Kim emphasizes that “if you don’t have classes there, you probably don’t know about it.” She says that even if these buildings aren’t in your “neighborhood,” they are worth exploring before graduation.
Special Collections Library/Correll Hall
What is “New Terry?” Many students have found themselves lost in this area, unsure of its purpose but awed by the quad. The Terry College of Business is building a new learning community on the corners of Lumpkin Street and Baxter Street, and so far it has already created a prime study spot in the heart of campus. The well-manicured quad is surrounded by benches located right outside the stately, towering buildings that have been finished: Correll Hall and the Special Collections Library. Emily Kandzierski, a junior English major from Atlanta, enjoys fresh air and sunshine while studying. Kandzierski believes that students should spend more time at the New Terry green space, exclaiming, “Winter is coming! You have to get as much sun as you can.”
The green area in front of the Geography-Geology building is shady and cool and full of benches for students to catch up on reading or with each other. There are also nearby picnic tables that are perfect for getting a quick assignment done. Gian Cella, a sophomore geology major from Roswell, finds the area useful for “people who have classes in the area,” including geology, geography, chemistry and physics students. He finds the lawn useful to connect with fellow geology majors and other students, too, because they “learn to love the area.”
Lamar Dodd School of Art
There are countless green spaces both in and around the art school at East Campus. That’s right: even inside. Precious Davis, a junior journalism major from Mabelton, enjoys painting behind Lamar Dodd on the sidewalk, on the benches and on the lawn with other students. Many students sit on the large sculpture in the middle of the lawn. In the center of the modern, industrial building lies a courtyard with benches where students can wait for their next class or more often, work on projects. Lily Branch, a large wooded area next to the art building complete with a small stream is less popular, however. Davis feels that “the area is not utilized enough.” Because of the nearby bus stops, accessible parking, and dorms nearby, countless students can be found around Lamar Dodd throughout the day. “I don’t think enough people know about this area,” Davis says.
It is important to take advantage of our beautiful campus. Taking the time to explore may allow us to find the perfect study spot.