The Books – One Piece of My Puzzle
You could say that I enjoy studying. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t find pleasure in calculating GDP or preparing a cash-flow budget any more than the next student. But I can say with complete honesty that I love looking for new places to study on this campus. It all started Freshman year as I sat in my room pounding my fist on the wall as my beloved suite-mate blared Taylor Swift’s “Trouble.” With a huge economics midterm in two days, I knew I would be the one in “trouble” if I didn’t find a quiet place to collect my thoughts and study. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with the epiphany that it was Saturday night and my suite-mate had every right to make the most of her weekend! It was my job to take responsibility for my needs and find my perfect study space. And so the hunt began.
My first stop: Leavey Library. With plenty of seating and a computer lab in the basement, Leavey provides me with a variety of seating options that range from private study rooms to comfortable lounge chairs.
Next I discovered Doheny Library, fondly referred to as “Hogwarts.” This location truly inspires me with its academic environment and medieval atmosphere. Perfect for quiet reading or flashcard flipping, Doheny is a place of relaxation and studiousness.
Finally, I arrived at my current favorite study spot: Crocker Business Library. Conveniently located within Marshall’s very own Hoffman Hall, Crocker is the best of both worlds because it is equipped with computers, private study rooms, and a quiet academic environment.
However, for Marshall students, studying is only one of the many components of our schedule. Success within Marshall requires involvement and networking – whether that be through organizations, social events, or basic people skills. Marshall students are some of the best time managers on this campus and around the world because they know how to prioritize their commitments for the purpose of perfectly balancing book-smarts and social poise. They know their facts backwards and forwards, while their well of connections never runs dry.
Yes, we sit in the libraries and meet with study groups. Yes, we put our nose to the grindstone and study until the information is etched into the stone of our memory. But all of the books and tests are simply one piece of our puzzle. Our main priority as Marshall students is to present that puzzle as the versatile, polished portrait that defines who we are and what we hope to accomplish.