Skip the lib: sunny study spots

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“Young Hill” located right below the quad offers pleasant, grassy seating with the option for shadier spots all with view of Gilman Fountain. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018. Maria Salter/ The Occidental

With midterms approaching, it may be stressful to find places to study. Fortunately, Occidental’s campus has the perfect outdoor study spots. In an effort to make these areas more obvious, I’ve compiled a list of lesser-known and more well-known spots, that I’ve named, to hit the books.

The Classic Quad

The Classic Quad, formally known as The Academic Quad, is popular thanks to the numerous benches, lines of trees and central location. Its centrality makes it easy to study in between classes. The Classic Quad is easily accessible, has a soothing natural environment and offers lots of space.

“The Classic Quad” is a popular choice, a consequence of inviting benches, picturesque line of trees, and central location at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018. Maria Salter/ The Occidental

Mullin Grove

Mullin Grovewhile perhaps an unfamiliar name, is the official name of the lawn leading to Occidental’s entrance. There are a couple of benches and a large grass area. Don’t worry about getting distracted here — this part of campus is usually relatively empty.

“Mullin Grove”, while perhaps an unfamiliar name, is the official name of the lawn leading to Occidental’s entrance. There are a couple benches and a large grass area. Don’t worry about getting distracted here; this part of campus is not usually filled with people. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental

“The Rock”

The Rock is to the right of Mullin Grove, if you are facing Campus Road, near the entrance to Occidental’s campus. It is a small area outside the pool where there are wooden chairs and tables next to a large rock; it’s definitely a more secluded and quiet study space.

“The Rock”. To the left of Mullin Grove near the entrance to Occidental’s campus is The Rock. It is a small area outside of the pool where there are wooden chairs and tables next to a large rock. Definitely a more secluded and quiet space. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental

“Young Hill”

Young Hill is below the quad where there are miniature reclining slopes near Gillman Fountain. This workspace is pleasant due to the trees on top of the mound, which are great for shade if needed, but the hill can also be great if you’re looking for a sunnier spot.

“Young Hill” located right below the quad offers pleasant, grassy seating with the option for shadier spots all with view of Gilman Fountain. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018. Maria Salter/ The Occidental

“Masterpiece”

Masterpiece is the lawn area between Herrick and the Academic Commons interspersed with lamp posts. The green grass, lamp posts, beaming sun and people walking their dogs makes Masterpiece feel tranquil. All of these factors make working here feel like studying inside a painting.

“Masterpiece” is the bottom area between Herrick and the Library with lamp posts. The green grass, lamp posts, the beaming sun and the few benches with people walking their dogs makes Masterpiece tranquil. Due to the several factors that make this spot serene, it feels like studying inside a painting. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental

Booth Courtyard

Booth Courtyard, located in the center of all the rooms in Booth Hall at the north entrance of campus, has a lot to offer: music, benches, a center fountain, trees and flowers. This makes it a calm place to study.

“Booth Courtyard” has a lot to offer: music, benches, a center fountain, trees and flowers. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018. Maria Salter/ The Occidental

“Neverland”

Neverland is alongside the pathway to Booth Courtyard on the north side of The Cooler. Soak in the mix of bowing trees, wooden benches, uneven ground and short tree stumps and you’ll soon realize this is a place where time could go by without you even realizing.

“Neverland” is alongside the pathway to Booth Courtyard, with scenery like a runaway Disneyland ride at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018. Maria Salter/ The Occidental

Sycamore Glen

Sycamore Glen is a small area on the way to the first-year dorms and next to the Moore Laboratory of Zoology building. It has many wooden picnic benches, making it easier to sit down for a more formal study session. This is the perfect spot for those who enjoy working in a more traditional setting but still enjoy trees and squirrels.

“Sycamore Glen” is a small area, on the way to the first year dorms and next to the Moore Laboratory of Zoology building, which has wooden table benches, making it easier to sit down for more of a formal study session. This is the perfect spot for those who enjoy working in a more traditional setting but still enjoy trees and squirrels. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental

Stewie Beach

Stewie Beach, in front of Stewart-Cleland (“Stewie”) Hall across from Anderson Field, is convenient due to its large grass lawn with lots of workspaces that seem boundless if one is lying in the middle on a beach towel. Warning: it is loud, as there may be frequent cars passing by.

“Stewie Beach”, in front of the Stewie dorm across Anderson Field, is convenient due to its large grass lawn with lots of workspace that seems boundless if lying in the middle on a beach towel. A warning, it is loud, as there may be frequent cars passing by. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental

Mount Fiji

Mount Fiji is the iconic hill that rises behind Occidental. Fiji is worth the hike because of the view of the city of Los Angeles at the top, the breeze and the rustling leaves.

“Mount Fiji” is the iconic hill that rises behind Occidental. Fiji is worth the hike because the view of the city of Los Angeles, the breeze and the rustling leaves. Taken at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Spencer Patrick/The Occidental