It’s my dream to live near to a giant library. I would visit every week and find new books, movies, and music to enjoy and expand my mind. When I’m studying at Irwin, sometimes I’ll just walk along the bookshelves and realize how little I know. It’s also a joy to find those books they look like they belong on the set of a movie about the middle ages.
While Butler University has two fantastic libraries (the general Irwin library and then the Science Library in Holcomb Building), the Indianapolis area is home to a number of fantastic libraries, some that are very close, and to which you can order any book in the system. I went to the downtown branch, one of the most beautiful libraries that I have ever seen. The old and new mediums of literature is symbolized in a stunning mixture of architectures; a new flowing glass section directly next to a square, stone building that was the original library. It was a pleasure just walking through the shelves and finding something new to learn.
Freshman Year: Golly jeepers am I glad to be going off to college! I’ll need books won’t I? Well thank goodness there’s a campus bookstore. How convenient! Oh…they cost how much? I suppose I can’t get them anywhere else so…
Sophomore Year: NEVER. AGAIN. Never again will I be fooled by the bookstore’s prices! I’ll scour the internet for the best prices! First I’ll go to Chegg.com, then Amazon.com, then Half.com…And through the power of Excel spreadsheets I will be victorious!
Junior Year: Okay, maybe I was jumping the gun last year. Half the books I bought weren’t on the syllabus, and often there were other books I had to acquire throughout the year. Thank goodness for generous friends. I’ll play a waiting game this year.
Senior Year: School soon, right? Whatever. Books? Amazon. They’ll get here when the get here. What’s that Amazon Customer Service? This copy of the book is out of stock? I suppose I could just find another copy, buuuuuut I didn’t really want that one anyway.
School’s back in session. And what a wonderful time of the year it is! The mall is teeming with students either mid-study break or mid-study avoidance. Professors are in their rooms at 8 AM trying to wake up the groggy, unmotivated few who still feel cheated by the time of the class. And of course the library is overrun with those students who are already realizing how far behind they are.
I am among the latter group. Sure school’s only been in session for a week, but it’s much easier than it sounds. Luckily, I only have large amounts of reading to do, and there are plenty of quiet spaces all around campus that encourage focused study. If only there weren’t the fountain running, I wouldn’t have to take so many bathroom breaks…
In any case, I’ve discovered a number of ways to have fun in the library. Go swimming in the fountain and act confused that no one else is wearing their swim suits. Bring a blanket and pillow to the couches on the second floor, and ask people studying nearby if they could turn off the lights. Finally, find someone tucked away in a corner studying alone, scream out “FOUND YOU!” and then tell them it’s your turn to hide and run away.
One of the saddest parts about coming to college for me as an English Major and avid reader is that my free time is SEVERELY limited. That means things I did in summer free time have to be cut. This includes jumping through sprinklers, rolling down hills, and most unfortunate of all, reading for fun.
This week I decided, why the heck shouldn’t I? If I squeeze in just a few pages a day, I can still do what I love. So I traipsed over to the library, picked up a copy of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” and got to it.
This is a novel that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and it’s so great to set some time, however small, to spending time on the things I love. Cause if you aren’t doing that, then what are you doing with your time at college?
My leaning pile of books to read...NOW!
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