Wait, studying in Haggar is actually possible? Believe it or not, Haggar is more than just a place to socialize and catch up with friends. As challenging as it may seem, you can study even with the constant flow of people coming in and out, the loud sounds emanating from the Cap Bar and the bright lights. Here’s how:
1. Choose a table (or couch) near people who are also dedicated to studying. It helps you stay focused, and it is more intimidating for someone to approach a group of individuals who all look intense, rather than a poor unsuspecting victim who is by himself. However, if you can manage to get more done away from everyone else, then props to you.
2. Keep those headphones in! You can nod hello to someone while jamming out to your favorite song or some classical tunes, but that does not mean you have to remove them to have a full-blown conversation with a passerby. “Just smile and wave, boys, smile and wave.”
3. Do not look over at every single person who comes in. It can be tempting, I know it can. If you accidentally do, quickly look back down again. Hopefully they will get the picture.
4. Surround yourself with a pile of books. The more, the better. Oh, and take up the chair next to you with your backpack. That way if someone does have the audacity to come try to sit by you, there is no room. This is harsh, I know, but it must be done.
5. Master “the stare.” No, this is not the metro glare, though it does closely resemble it. All you have to do is stare intensely at what is right in front of you. And if you have to look up, keep up the stare. Do not break the chain of seriousness.
6. Drink coffee if you start to feel tired.
7. Bring a sweatshirt or blanket just in case — it can get cold, especially at night.
8. Go upstairs to study if downstairs is too crowded. There are areas up there perfect for setting up a study space, and people are less likely to come up the stairs.
9. If an individual does attempt to converse with you, smile politely and answer with brief responses. If you have headphones in, this should not be too much of a problem.. Sigh and sound stressed, or say, “Hey, sorry, I’m studying. Can we talk later?” Those methods should work. For the really resilient ones, start coughing and sniffling. They will leave you alone for fear of getting sick.
10. If all else fails, put up a sign that says, “Please do not disturb.” If that does not do the trick, then you may have to relocate to Braniff or elsewhere. But that is only a last resort.
Haggar is your turf too. Win it over. You should not have to feel like you have to study elsewhere when there are so many great spots to study in there. After all, that is what the tables are for!