A Beginner’s Guide to Pulling an All-Nighter at the Library

As a college student, you are one of two people: those who study hard all semester long and take notes / prepare for tests throughout the entirety of the year, or those who hold it off until the last minute and cram their studies into a few short nights.  Either way, if you are a college student, you can expect some late nights at the library regardless of your persona.  Here are a few tips if you’re cramming and need to spend some late nights cracking down on the books:

  1. Coffee is your friend. If you plan on being in the library late into the night, be sure to buy some coffee and drink it as needed.  It is truly a miracle worker in keeping you awake and will help you stay focused enough to get your stuff accomplished.
  2. Bring Snacks. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably get hungry after two hours of sitting down and doing homework.  Pack some snacks to have in case your stomach starts growling, but be sure they aren’t “loud” food.  Stick to crackers and cheese rather than celery and peanut butter if you are in the quiet section, and always pack more than you think you need (friends will ask for a bite or two, and you will probably say yes).
  3. Get home safely. It’s important if you plan on walking home late at night to be with someone else or get a ride.  Sketchy people come out after dark, and you want to be sure to have someone to help if trouble arises.  College Library also has workers who will walk you home if you end up being alone and need someone to walk with! Better safe than sorry, so use it if needed.

Being a college student means late nights cramming for finals and getting work done.  It’s not always fun, but it can be done, and if you follow these tips it will be a much easier feat to accomplish when needed!

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