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Best Late Night Places to Study

Sadly, some of us still have midterms. (I don’t, yay), but I know how hard it is to crack open the books during the middle of the day. Let’s admit it, we always have that one midterm that we wait until the night before to start studying. You decide to take a “little nap” after your long day, and BAM it’s 11 p.m. and you only have 12 hours left until your test. Now don’t be deceived, the “All-Nighter” is a form of art. There is a technique to it, a certain method to its madness. First step is: location. So, for all you night owls out there, here is a list of some of the best study places on and around campus for you to venture to.

 

NIGHT POWELL

Starting third week of every quarter, Powell finally blesses us with its open doors from 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. It’s the perfect place for those of you who need ABSOLUTE quiet. Night Powell can became quite an interesting place as you stay later into the early morning. Don’t be alarmed by those who sleep in any possible corner or those who decide to take a break by taking pictures on Snapchat. (Yes, we notice you.) Be wary of the outlets; always make sure you sit somewhere you can charge your trusty Mac. Powell is a great place if you really want to get stuff done because, somehow, when you’re surrounded by working people, you tend to work more yourself.

 

STARBUCKS – WESTWOOD

The Starbucks on the corner of Weyburn and Broxton avenues is open 24 hours EVERY SINGLE DAY. I don’t know how they do it, but take advantage of it. I know I’m a person who needs my Venti White Chocolate Mocha with an extra shot in order to study, so this is the perfect place to go for you coffee-lovers. Beware, however, that after midnight they close down half of the building so there are very few seats left. It’s hard finding a seat as it is, ugh. Word of advice for studying here: Arrive early in the day and camp out until the sun rises … or whenever you finish.

YAY THE RED SEASONAL CUPS ARE BACK!

 

THE DORMS

For the dormies who are still on the Hill (somebody swipe me plz lulz), many of us find a certain home in the lounges of our buildings. Even apartment-dwellers come back to reclaim their old stomping grounds: Rieber Terrace eighth-floor study lounge closest to the elevator. But there are also the fireside lounges in Hedrick Hall and Rieber Hall, along with many other study lounges in the lobbies of each dorm building. These places can get a little more social and are not as quiet, so it’s a great place to go if you have group projects or want to study with friends. Note to non-dormies: Be patient, somebody will rescue you and swipe you into the buildings eventually.

 

AN APARTMENT OTHER THAN YOUR OWN

Now most people I talk to agree that studying in your own apartment is a trap. There it is … your comfy bed in the corner of your eye … so warm and inviting … LOOK AWAY … but … it’s memory foam … and the pillow is Tempur-Pedic and – you get what I mean. So, a good option is to go over to a friend’s apartment to get some work done. BUT, don’t go to your best friend’s place if you know all you’re going to do is throw shade about your roommates, watch a “quick movie” on Netflix or just sleep in their bed. It may be hard to stay disciplined studying around friends, but the key is to make yourself uncomfortable: Sit on the hardest chair you can find, make it extremely cold in the room, anything to keep you up for the late night. Plus, make use of your friends by having them make sure you wake up on time when you want to take a quick nap. Or do The Pomodoro Technique (look it up) together!

 

YOUR OWN ROOM

If you have the discipline to study at your own place, by all means, do it. There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of privacy, the wonderful feeling of being able to scream when you want to, to cry when nobody watches, or, if you’re like me, to break out into a one-man musical to all of the greatest Disney hits (High School Musical is my best act). Studying in your own room is great when you really want to focus without any distractions at all. You can stay as long as you want; you can be noisy when eating that bag of SunChips from Bruin Cafe; you can do anything, really. But, it’s not for everyone, especially those who end up accidentally scrolling through Facebook for hours. Studying alone, there’s nobody to keep you in check except yourself, so beware.

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NOT OPEN LATE BUT YOU SHOULD GO HERE ONE DAY: PHILZ COFFEE

For those who like to get away from campus, Philz Coffee became the talk of the town (for the NorCal people) when one of the coffeehouses opened in Santa Monica. Known for its delicious spin on coffee, Philz is a great place to go when you want to feel sophisticated while studying for your exams. They have a great menu (get the Iced Mint Mojito, just do it), but the building is sort of small, so it’s either a hit or miss when you try to find a seat. Philz Coffee didn’t quite make our list because Philz closes at 9 p.m. everyday. Still, try it just for the coffee, then go to Third Street Promenade and treat yo self … well maybe AFTER midterms.

That’s it! So, I hope you find the perfect place for you! GO MIDTERMS! WOO!

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How to Pull Off Trick-or-Treating as a College Student

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Do you feel like Halloween isn’t the same without massive amounts of candy and the competitive rush of trick-or-treating? On the actual night of All Hallows’ Eve, don’t despair and substitute the lack of candy with alcohol. Instead, relive your childhood with these tips for pulling off trick-or-treating when you look well over the max age limit. (more…)

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Westwood Village Discount Program

Recently, UCLA’s administrative vice chancellor announced a new student discount program being implemented in Westwood Village. Students can show their BruinCard to a variety of vendors and save on their purchases. Mojo checked a few of them out for you.  Here are the highlights:

Helen’s Cycles (310)-208-9888

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Helen’s Cycles serves all your biking needs, from gear to repairs. Make sure to flash your BruinCard and you can get 10 percent off. (more…)

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5 Food Trucks Near UCLA This Week

It’s been a while since we last praised food trucks, and what better time to do so again than ninth week? The last thing you want to do is cook or eat Cup Noodles again, and the first thing you want to do is devour some delicious grub and find any excuse to leave the confines of your desk or the library.

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Food trucks are a convenient and fun way to dine … when you can find them. These eateries-on-wheels can be a little hard to locate since they’re always on the move. That’s why Mojo has done all the research for you. We’re sharing five food trucks near UCLA (easy to reach either by foot or the Big Blue Bus) that you should visit this week.

Note:  Visit http://www.foodtruckmaps.com/la/ for up-to-date information on food trucks near you if you are visiting any other week. Hours vary. (more…)

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From Point A to Point B: Which Transport App Should You Use?

photoFor many students, the words “Uber,” “Lyft” and “Sidecar” mean little, but the long-term savings they accumulate for car-less students who choose these transportation apps instead of traditional cabs are truly substantial. These lower-cost transport alternatives consistently charge less than taxis for the same distance.

Competing mobile transport apps include Flywheel and Taxi Magic, both of which work by connecting app users to conventional cab companies. With a credit or debit card number, a smartphone in most cases and perhaps a Facebook profile, you can find yourself on the go in a matter of minutes, with no cash in hand necessary!

Here’s the lowdown on each of these apps, based on my personal experience, for the time-starved Mojo reader.

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