I (and, judging by the disgusting noises in my classes, my peers) have recently come down with this awesome cold/flu combo that renders my brain and body pretty much useless.

This can only mean one thing: Midterms are just around the corner.

While it may be in your nerdy nature to just study in your room, Boulder has a ton of sweet places for you to crank out some homework.

The obvious place to go is Norlin Library, which has quite a few little nooks that are sure to strike your fancy. If you don't like to talk but still want to get out of the house and be around fellow nerds, this is the place for you.

Another place to check out is Atlas Purveyors on Pearl, which has a techy-artsy combination atmosphere and great drinks. They even post limited-time deals on Twitter such as $1 "you call its" for the next half hour. Let yourself get distracted for a few minutes to check out the amazing chalk murals on their walls or to read announcements posted by local groups. Atlas Purveyors is also a primo spot for people watching, as it's a favorite hangout of local "celebrities" like our dear friend Andrew Hyde (when he's not bouncing from country to country) and unknown but equally entertaining hipsters alike.


If you're looking for a warmer atmosphere, head just a few doors down to The Cup, which will cheer you up with its brick walls, beautiful photography and delicious food. They have unlimited refills on iced tea and unbelievable mochas made from Ghiradelli chocolate. The Cup is by far my favorite place to study in Boulder. Some of my favorite nerdy friends are regulars, and you're almost sure to stumble upon a group of geeks chatting about their newest project (or debating the merits of various operating systems). To escape the busy front-room ambiance, head to The Cup's back room; they turn the music down, supply you with outlets galore, and even have a little booth where people can talk on the phone without bothering everyone in the room.

Boulder's study spots aren't just limited to libraries and coffee shops. Swing by the BioLounge beneath the Henderson museum on campus whenever you have a study break between classes. The BioLounge offers an interesting environment for studying; from taxidermied animals to old school furniture and rotating exhibits, the décor alone is enough to pique your interest. It's also nice and quiet, usually playing gentle piano music reminiscent of those stereotypical massage scenes in movies. As an added bonus, the fine folks in the museum even fuel students' caffeine cravings, offering free coffee and tea to people in the BioLounge. Now, if only they had a masseuse...

-- Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan