March is the time for spring break. But before, or even after, one whole week of living it up, comes midterms. Students scramble to study and apply what they’ve been taught to ensure that that their grades don’t suffer. Since it’s such a stressful time for students, it’s important to find ways to maintain a more relaxed and focused mindset.
The Babylon Student Center, located between the Smithtown Science Building and Huntington Library, has an assortment of places to visit to help students keep a healthy mindset to help them through midterms.
Grab a bite
The cafeteria, across from the information booth, hosts a variety of vendors, from Moe’s Southwest Grill, to Starbucks, to a station where you can make waffles from scratch. There’s no time limit for how long you can stay, so you can hang out and chill on your own or with friends as long as you like if you have free time.
Heading downstairs to the basement floor to the right past the library can you find the gaming room. Like all other facilities in the Babylon Student Center, you will need your id card to check in and out of the facility. In this room can students bring their video game systems to play them on the several TVs provided. The room is also has a table with no TV for use of board and card games, so it’s not just video games. The catch is that students have to bring their own entertainment, nothing is provided except the TVs.
You don’t have to play alone, as the game room can be a very sociable hangout for established friend circles. “A lot of the people who hang out in here are friends with each other,” said SCCC employee in training Jeffory Davis, 26. “They probably know each other from before coming in here.”
A place to pray or meditate
While still in the basement, students can find the Interfaith Meditation Room in the hallway after passing the faculty offices. The room is meant to be a safe place for students to pray in their respective religions. Checking into this rom is a bit unorthodox as you need to return to the lobby on the first floor to check in at the info booth.
The room isn’t solely to be used for religious purposes, however.
“There are students who meditate in there,” said biology major Luis Fernandez, 20, who works at the information booth. “We have students who just go there because it’s a quieter place on campus and you can also do yoga down there.”
Need extra quiet? Try the Quiet Lounge
If you need a change of pace but still want to work and study stress and distraction-free, on the second floor of the student center can students check into the Quiet Lounge. Students need to use their ID cards to check in. The Quiet Lounge manages to live up to its name, being a small and quiet area for students to work and relax uninterrupted – which is the rule.
“Unlike the library, you can eat here, so that’s a plus,” said liberal arts major Camie Wenicer, 19. “You can also charge your electronics. The charge station in the lobby no longer works so you can come here if you need to.”