When thinking about where I want to hangout with my friends on campus, the answer may seem surprising. Instead of going to traditional places like the Waves Cafeteria or the Firestone Fieldhouse, my friends and I will always choose the Payson Library.
Payson holds a central location to many buildings on campus. It is a short walk from the Thorton Administrative Center (TAC), the Appleby Center (AC) and many other buildings. Because of the library’s central location, students can be found doing a number of activities between classes such as sleeping, studying or catching up with friends.
I know when I go to the library, I will always run into someone and spend time chatting with them, rather than working on my homework.
The library has a number of different areas for students to enjoy. There are both quiet and loud spaces to suit different types of student’s needs. The library also has windows that overlook the ocean. There is even a Starbucks.
Because of all this, the library is the social hub of Pepperdine. This is a commonality among many people, as there are always groups of people standing around socializing, catching up or working on homework.
When I talk to my friends from other colleges, they are surprised that I choose to spend my free time in the library rather than a residence hall or at an off campus hangout spot.
I always joke that Payson Library is my home away from home. It is my place of comfort between classes. When I was abroad, one of the things I missed the most was the Payson Library because of all the memories I had made there freshman year.
As a first-year, my friends and I would book a study room for an entire day. Throughout the day, different people would filter in an out as they had class or wanted to grab a coffee at Starbucks. My friends and I would spend the day laughing and, occasionally, studying.
For now, I still can be found spending my free time in the library.
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