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Balancing Studying When it’s Nice Out

Nice weather is a blessing and a curse. With DePaul being on the quarter system, it means that we have class until mid-June and the weather is beautiful for about the last 2 months we are in class and struggling to get assignments done and study for midterms and finals. 

If you’re like me, the nice weather is a huge distraction and there are a bunch of things you rather do than stay inside and miss out on the beautiful weather cooped up in a library. I try my best to still get sun when it’s nice out and here’s how:

To begin with, online homework can be done at any coffee shop with outdoor seating which is almost any Starbucks, but you can also work on the top of the 11th floor at the DePaul Center, the Quad, and many more places that have access to wifi outside. If you don’t have any work to do online, it is so much easier to get your daily dose of nature. If I have readings, I usually print them out so I can read them outside – my favorite but also distracting place are the tables right by "The Bean" a block or two away from the loop campus. 

The Bean in Chicago




It’s nice getting away from my laptop and having notes, homework, and readings in front of me rather than a screen so I always print those out or write them out by hand so I can take them anywhere and recycle them when I don’t need them anymore.

There are still a lot of ways to enjoy the weather. Time management is huge, and if you plan well you can have days where you even study on the beach. Or if you study better inside, study near some light and you can always give yourself some breaks to take a walk or treat yourself somehow.

sunny apartment