I used to dread going to the Emory library stacks. In fact, during my freshman year, I avoided the entire library like the plague. But when finals came around, I made my way over to the daunting 7th floor and found that the stacks were not as bad as I thought. They were the only place I could truly get my work done and be productive without distraction. With finals week quickly approaching, most students will be spending more time than usual in the stacks. To make your studying experience the best it can be, here are some of my tips for making the stacks feel like home:
1. Wear Comfy Clothes
Once you get into a stack, you are settling in there for the day. Comfort is essential, and that starts with comfy clothes. Break out your sweatpants, leggings, sweatshirts, and oversized sweaters. Just don’t take off your shoes because it’s hard to focus when it smells like stinky feet. Otherwise, curl up in all your layers and get to work.
2. 2. Set up a Killer Playlist
If you like to get work done while listening to music, a good playlist is an important part of being in the stacks. Since you will be there for an extended period of time, set all your songs to shuffle for a diverse mix of music. When I get sick of this, I resort to 8 tracks to switch things up. Broadway soundtracks are fun to listen to all the way through because you can pretend you’re in a theater watching a show instead of the library.
3. Keep Snacking
In order to keep your energy up all day, you must bring a selection of snacks with you to the library. Luckily, Peet’s has a great selection including candy, chips, and nuts. An easy snack to pack with you is a PB&J to give you the burst of protein you need to power through your work.
4. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is key during finals. This means a refillable water bottle is a must. Starbucks is conveniently close to the library, so it’s easy to pick up your favorite winter drink on the way over to the library. Coffee and hot chocolate are perfect for warming up after making the long trek outside in the cold.
Wishing everyone a happy stacks season!