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Another sacred study spot

January 20, 2012   

Yes, this is another entry that revolves around a sacred study spot. Having your own space at Hamilton becomes a crucial part of routine, familiarity and comfort. Finding these spaces can take time, but the rewards are both academic and spiritual. First of all, you will find yourself more productive in said spots, wherever these may happen to be. And second, for me, they provide a great sense of calm. My body is comfortable with a spot, and after attending to my territory, I feel refreshed and ready more than ever to face the day ahead. 

I’ve attached to this journal entry a picture of the spot I’m currently situated at. I took it with my webcam so it’s very unprofessional, but you can see my comfortable winter hat and my archaeology book Human Ancestors. My main goal was to capture what immediately lures me to this spot: a great view.  Yes those are barren trees stripped of any life, but from where I sit, I can also see a road, many flying birds and far distant hills. At any time while studying I can look up and take a mental bite of the winter season.

This spot will become particularly crucial this semester on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Every week on these days I have my two science classes: Human Ancestors at 9 a.m., and Quaternary Geochronology at 1 p.m. Both are in the Science Center, one of my favorite buildings on campus.  Thus, after learning about human evolution and the processes that made our species, I sit myself down in this spot and study either for my next class or review everything that I was just told about homo sapiens, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos. Of course, a customary 20-minute nap usually accompanies this “focus.” The time is practically mine to do whatever I want with – feasibly I could sleep for three hours in this chair — it’s actually quite comfortable — but the allure of reading about human ancestors is usually too great. Usually.