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Looking for a new place to study with no distractions or hangout with friends? Check out this list of spots around campus that are favorites among your CAS Peer Advisors! Enjoy!
One of my favorite and one of the most enchanting corners of campus has always been the amphitheatre. Sandwiched between Hughes, Leonard and the sports annex, the amphitheatre gave me the great outdoors for a moment whenever I felt stuck in the city. It especially helped when I first transferred to AU from another college on the water. Some days I really missed the outdoorsy feel of my old campus and escaping to the community garden or to the green open space of the amphitheatre really helped me to take a deep breath and think more clearly on stressful and busy days.
Check it out! Maybe it will provide the solace you need to get through your own tough days and even if you don’t need a breather it is a great place to eat lunch, read, study or just chat with friends (especially when campus starts to thaw this spring). – Elaina Hundley
It can be hard to find a quiet place to study while you eat or even kill time between classes catching up on the latest episodes of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but I tend to head to Battelle’s atrium. It’s well lit, spacious and has new furniture making it a great spot to concentrate on even the hardest of readings! Enter Battelle from the quad and walk straight back, it will be on your right, you can’t miss it! – Whitney Livingston
Centennial Hall Nooks
Freshman year I looked far and wide for a quiet and secluded place to study; a place to put my feet up, blast my music into my earphones and get lost in my Anatomy and Physiology textbook. The Centennial Hall Nook, which is located at the two ends of the Centennial Hall (off of Anderson Hall), is definitely worth checking out if you need a place to hit the books and limit distractions.
*Also, quick shout out to the Hatch in Leonard. If you haven’t been, you should definitely check it out. It’s an awesome place to hang out with friends, play board games, and do light reading – - and it’s usually EMPTY! – Emily Cea
My favorite spot on campus is the group of green metal benches right outside of the entrance to Bender Arena. There really is nothing better than stopping at Megabytes before class in the spring and melting into one of these incredibly comfortable benches to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Plus the gardens behind the amphitheater come to life in the spring which makes my far-too-early morning panini and cup of coffee just that much better. - Marcus Del Rio
Coming to American University…
“The Major Games: Catching Your Academic Major”
February 26th from 11-2pm in MGC 4-5
District 1: Academic Success
District 2: Campus Life
District 3: Career
District 4: Research
District 5: Study Abroad
District 6: Undergraduate Studies
District 7: Academic Programs
“May the odds of finding your major be ever in your favor!”
Welcome back to another exciting semester at AU! The peer advisors are looking forward to working with both new and returning students to catch up how last semester went and how this semester is going so far. We really encourage all CAS freshman to use us as a resource if you’re exploring other majors, interested in getting involved on campus, starting to think about going abroad, etc. Make an appointment today using our 24-hour Appointment Schedulizer by clicking here. Hope to see you soon!
With 300+ CAS students coming into the office and participating in our event this semester, the peer advisors would like to thank everyone for their involvement in this semesters programs. Events this semester such as After Hours in the Perch, the Photo Blog Campaign, Preview Day, Pre-Registration Workshops, RA Registration Workshops in Letts and Anderson, etc, were all such a success and we are excited to continue this momentum next semester!
Good luck on finals and have a warm and safe WINTER BREAK!
Join Marcus Del Rio and Whitney Livingston in the Perch (located on the first floor of Anderson Hall) on November 24th from 8-10pm. If you need any last minute assistance with registration preparation, feel free to stop by the Perch this Sunday! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get ALL of your registration questions answered!
Click the picture above to visit the American University Study Abroad website
“Go to a country where you don’t speak your language and a place that will be far from your normal life in the states.”
I had been set on studying abroad in Australia or Ireland for about a year before I was going to apply, but a month before I received this advice and changed my whole path. This was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
I ended up going to Paris for the semester and despite taking two French classes at AU, knew about two sentences in the language: ‘Bonjour, je m’appelle Whitney’ and ‘Je voudrais un verre du vin rouge’. I also did not know one person in my study abroad group. But it turned out not knowing the language and other people made me take in the culture so much more. I took language classes every day, fell in love with the history of the architecture (mostly Napoleon III, he’s a genius), and have never loved trying new foods so much.
The reason so many people say they “found themselves” abroad is because that distance is one of the only ways to reach such clarity and perspective on your life. I’ve never felt so sure of what I wanted from life than those last few days walking alone down the winding streets of Paris.
So why now? Why when you’re in college? Why not when you’re 30 and need a break? Monetarily wise, most museums and sight-seeing locations are free when you’re under 26. But there’s something else. There’s this aspect of solidarity and amiability among you and other college students that you can’t get at other ages. For example, my friend in the program knew a girl that was invited to this apartment party that had 12 other people from different countries like Ireland, Germany, France, the US and a couple others. I ended up hanging out with one of the Germans a couple times more and we would just go on adventures out in the city. It’s hard to find that at other ages, that desire to discover and bond for no other reason than you are both in this amazing city.
- Whitney Livingston