Astrological Academics: Recommended Study Spots Based on Zodiac Signs

During this midterm season, students may be scrambling to find the best study spot. Luckily for these stressed scholars, The Phoenix offers recommendations for study spots based on zodiac signs.

Pisces season is meant to bring about a time of relaxation and self-reflection, according to Cosmopolitan. However, those struggling with productivity after break may not have this luxury.

In the spirit of productivity, The Phoenix has compiled a list of recommended study spots around Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus based on zodiac signs.

Aries (March 21 to April 19): Center Stage Café

The Center Stage Café on the ground floor of Mundelein is compatible with Aries’ energetic and personable disposition. 

With easy access to caffeinated beverages and permission to speak loudly to others, this café easily meets Aries’ extroverted needs.

The prospect of people-watching Mundelein’s elevator lines from the café is also an amusing bonus for this fire sign.

Taurus (April 20 to May 20): The Greenhouse in Mundelein

Drawn to relaxing and beautiful climates, this earth sign would do best in Mundelein’s greenhouse, located on the seventh floor. 

Its limited seating ensures a calm and private study session. The room’s glass ceiling, view of Lake Michigan and potted plant study buddies sets up the greenhouse as an ideally aesthetic study spot for Taurus.

Gemini (May 21 to June 21): Palm Court

This playful air sign would thrive in the exposed environment of Palm Court, located on the fourth floor of Mundelein. 

The aspect of having only large group tables generates a sense of camaraderie the charismatic Gemini can take much pleasure in.

The all-glass walls and ceiling of Palm Court also connect Gemini to the outside, satisfying their innate inquisitive need to understand the world around them.

Gemini signs can find comfort in the elevated airiness of Palm Court, located on the fourth floor of Mundelein. (Catherine Meyer | The Phoenix)

Cancer (June 22 to July 22): Crown Center Lobby

Cancer is a highly emotional water sign. They weave seamlessly between the sea and the shore like their symbol the Crab, according to Allure.

The Crown Center lobby provides Cancer with a more low-key atmosphere. It wonderfully accommodates their need for sensitivity and stability both on land and in the water. 

They can enjoy a lakefront view while avoiding the busy crowds of more popular lakeside study spots like the Information Commons.

Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22): Damen Atrium

As a lover of the limelight, the Damen atrium is a prime location for Leo to both preen and study. 

The spotlight-seeking Leo will bloom under the attention of the ever-curious tour groups craning their necks for a glance at typical student life. 

The open structure of the atrium bustling with student activity feeds Leo’s extroverted nature as they can easily engage in conversation while studying with those around them.

Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Cudahy Library Donovan Reading Room

Virgo is practical and hardworking and requires a study spot full of fellow diligent students. The Donovan Reading Room in Cudahy Library offers just the place.

Required silence means booming productivity and methodical studying for this earth sign — exactly what Virgo hopes to achieve in their study sessions.

A perfectionist since birth, Virgo will appreciate the elegant historic architecture of the reading room.

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 23): Information Commons (IC) Second Floor

Represented by the constellation of the Scales, Libra strives to be diplomatic and tends to avoid conflict. Thus, the best study spot for them is the ever-classic second floor of the IC. 

This air sign can appreciate the balance between light conversation and silent studying the second floor provides.

As a gifted communicator with a social personality, Libra may also enjoy making use of the study rooms available for reservations.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 to Nov. 21): Cudahy Library Stacks 

Three words — mysterious, dark academia. Scorpio seeks out the best places to brood quietly but menacingly, and the stacks in Cudahy Library are precisely an area for that. 

Studying next to Loyola’s archives, Scorpio can revel in the “Dead Poets Society” feeling of old academia. As more of an obscure study spot, it grants Scorpio their coveted title of being enigmatic. 

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): East Quad

Sagittarius is free-spirited in their adventurous nature. They’re the kind to wilt when stuck within the closed environments of study rooms. So, it’s best for them to expand their horizons to the East Quad in front of the IC. 

Leaning against the trunk of a tree or laying down on top of a picnic blanket is just the type of unconventional study spot this fire sign craves. 

The grassy expanse also allows Sagittarius to forget about any stifling inside voice and let free in their boisterous personality.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Cudahy Floor Three Study Cubicles 

Capricorn is straightforward and productive in a frighteningly efficient and single-minded way. 

The study cubicles on the third floor of Cudahy foster this exact mindset. With their four austere walls caging in a singular desk and chair, the cubicles offer a no-nonsense, distraction-free environment for Capricorn to thrive in.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Connections Café

Even though Aquarius is an air sign, they’re represented by the Water Bearer constellation due to their ancient co-occurrence with periods of rain, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Therefore, they may feel more at home studying in a lakefront location. 

The Connections Café, located between the IC and Cudahy Library, offers Aquarius a Lake Michigan view excellent for contemplative philosophizing. 

The café’s smaller tables means Aquarius can engage in solo study sessions as well — a complement to their independent character. 

With its smaller size and intimate setting, Aquarius may find that Connections Café is the best place for solo study sessions. (Catherine Meyer | The Phoenix)

Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20): IC Third Floor

The third floor of the IC demands quiet, and being surrounded by fellow silent studiers is incredibly beneficial to Pisces. As the most empathetic and sensitive zodiac sign, it’s in their best interest to place themself in an environment of like-minded individuals.

This water sign can also do some introspective gazing onto Lake Michigan from the window-paned-walls of the IC, which may be soothing during the anxiety of studying.

Featured illustrations by Catherine Meyer, photo by Holden Green | The Phoenix

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