Not all who wander are lost, but here's a map
A new online map of the University of Colorado campus is going beyond the typical "you are here" format.
In addition to displaying where buildings are on campus, the map shows things such as wheelchair-accessible sidewalks, construction zones, ATMs, food options and transportation zones.
If users can't find their way to the Humanities building, for example, the map provides a photo and description of what the person is looking for along with a button for shareable walking, biking and driving directions.
The layers of the map — which include Main Campus, East Campus, Williams Village and the Center for Innovation and Creativity — can be easily updated to accommodate a growing campus or even specific needs like a self-guided tour or incident maps during campus emergencies.
Events including scavenger hunts will be rolled out on the new map on various CU social media platforms.
When test season rolls around and you're neck deep in a philosophy textbook that's making you question all the choices you've ever made including pursuing a college degree, there are only two things that will get you through: absurd amounts of coffee and sheer hope.
That's why the most coveted studying spots on CU's campus provide access to one or the other, and the best have both. If you're desperately searching for motivation in the bottom of your thermos and looking for a way to commodify optimism when midterms and finals roll around, look no further than these spots to get your knowledge on.
Norlin Commons by Laughing Goat
The single most important thing to know about studying at CU is that if you sit near the Laughing Goat at Norlin Commons long enough, you will get a free latte. Whether it be from a messed up drink order, someone dashing out for a forgotten final before picking up their chai tea or a barista taking pity on you for rendering your Spanish notes unreadable with your own tears, the magical words of "free coffee!" will ring through the busy library spot when you need it most. It's happened to me more than once, and I swear it's the reason I passed my required science course.
This dreamy spot just beyond Norlin Quad can be your muse when you're in need of inspiration. Pick a bench or spread out on the grass — I highly recommend near the waterfall feature — and crack open that book you need to finish. If you start spiraling into a study-induced panic attack, just stare at one of the lake's many turtles for some zen. Look at how relaxed they are. Maybe you don't even need to pass this test. Maybe you can just hang out with the turtles for the rest of your life. Admittedly, there's no caffeine here, but there is a large body of water if you get thirsty. Just kidding. Don't drink the lake water. That's gross.
Pekoe Sip House
Housed in the ATLAS building on campus, this study spot offers the standard fare of coffee and tea with added bonuses like boba tea and blended drinks, too. The space is bright, intimate and known to have a good playlist to provide motivational music for whatever task you're tackling. If things go awry with your work, there is nothing like inhaling balls of tapioca at the bottom of your drink to take your mind off things for a moment.
UMC: Fifth Floor
Students in the know have been flocking to this study area with a view for a long time. Grab a coffee at the Starbucks downstairs and then head on up to lose yourself in that big essay — or a daydream about the Flatirons you won't be able to stop staring at. Either is productive.
Center for Community dining hall
This study option is for the serious snacker only. If you're in the mood to hole up in one location all day and only get up to retrieve a new bowl of cereal, coffee, ice cream cone and piece of pizza every hour or so, the C4C is the place for you. Spread out all your materials on a table, and let your mind and belly feast for the day, my friend.
Elizabeth Hernandez: twitter.com/ehernandez