Get On My Level

Students Rate the Different Floors of Goddard

Lisa Musumba, Contributing Writer

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The intermittent whirring of the blenders in Jazzman’s, the soft humming of the printers and computers, manic fingers typing, and the occasional, isolated coughs interrupting the droning silence. If you have spent time in Clark’s Goddard Library, the distinct sounds of the five-floor building are unmistakable—some more familiar than others, depending on how well-versed you are with every corner of the vast building.  

The library is a centralized hub that allows students to do so much under one roof, from intense studying for finals to finalizing group projects in the Academic Commons (AC) to catching up with friends.  

Take Leah Breiss for example: in her time at Clark, she has gradually eased her way up the different floors of the library based on her stress levels at any given time. “I go to different floors to accomplish different things,” she remarked. Breiss explained how merely stepping into the first floor of the library does not guarantee any urge to get started on studying. “If anything, I could probably hack a group meeting in the AC, but that’s it for me!” Breiss said.

While not fond of the Academic Commons, Leah Breiss is committed to the home she has found in the fourth and fifth floors of the library—particularly when imminent finals begin to creep into her mind. “I feel that everyone else’s motivation and focus rubs off on me. The psychology major in me knows I can focus way better in certain spots like the fourth and fifth floors because of association!” explained Breiss. With a cozy sweater in hand, Breiss enters these far less frequented floors with a tinge of intimidation, but also a heightened sense of determination. The general blankness of the fourth and fifth floors are where she can focus without the distractions that lurk on lower levels.

Others find the second floor to be a viable option for studying. Judging by the non-stop dings from the elevator, this floor is where most students feel most comfortable to spend their time. Luke Barrows and Becca Nash both attribute the “chill vibe” of the second floor to be a major plus for them to study.

“The library forces me to sit with my work in an area where lots of other people are also doing work. I think I study much better when I’m there than when I’m at home with distractions like Netflix and snacks,” Nash said.  

Barrows said that his first plan of action is to spot a large table he can share with friends for the study sessions they decide to tackle together. Barrows also added that “working in groups to study is most helpful so being on the second floor facilitates that as well as having people around to act as a distraction when you need a short break instead of stopping altogether.”

Jessica Owen is also a senior student who regularly spends time in the library. She has perfected her library routine to a tee over her years at Clark. As a proud advocate of the third floor of the library, she highlighted how it is the boundary line between the casual vibes of the Academic Commons and the second floor to the ultra-focused atmosphere that consumes the fourth and fifth floors. Owens described the cubby-like individual desk spaces she uses when she studies in the third floor that help maintain her focus but also makes sure she does not feel trapped. “I have found my perfect little corner on the third floor where I can get near-perfect silence while still not feeling trapped because there are windows all around—it’s a perfect balance,” Owen explained.