52. Best study spot to avoid people

In the first semester of my freshman year, my Intro Pysch professor taught me about this thing called the Pavlov effect, where dogs reflectively salivate not just at the smell of food but also at the sound of the bell that indicates that they are going to be fed. Well, I’m pretty sure that I’ve got a little Pavlovian situation going on with the Yale libraries, where I get sad/unproductive just being in the places where I once felt so sad/unproductive, i.e. the Yale libraries. I didn’t get

a good grade in Intro Psych so that’s probably totally wrong, but the bottom line is that I’m retired from Yale libraries. You know the drill: A&A if you want to run into Jimmy, Starr if you want to run into Jane, Classics if you want to run into Jessica and Claire’s if you want to run into a bunch of other people who also don’t want to run into anybody. Libraries are distracting, and a lot of the bathroom door stalls don’t close; coffee shops are distracting, and the cof- fee generally tastes really bad. The Divinity School library is generally empty and admittedly very lovely on a non-winter’s day, but it’s literally at the very top of Science Hill. The YCBA study room is filled with more light than people, but they make you carry your pencils and computer charger up by hand and leave your backpack at the front desk. Wood- land was a good option until I accidentally ate a salt packet covered in ketchup thinking it was a piece of scrambled egg white, and now—Pavlov?—I can’t go back.

Trust me, I’ve made the rounds, and there’s only one solu- tion: my apartment. I can take TV breaks, and there’s always reduced-fat cream cheese, and I never have to walk home
in the cold from the library since I’m already home. Best of all, it’s just me, myself, and I (and my roommates), so there ain’t no small talk about “what I’m working on.”