Science majors spend more time in Donnelly than home

With finals creeping up, it’s no question that students all around campus are going crazy trying to prepare. With the library always packed during this time of year when students finally realize it’s crunch time, you’ll find them in other locations. For science majors, however, the workload is nothing they aren’t used to.

The Donnelly computer lab, open 24 hours each day, has become a home away from home for chemistry major Samantha Soprano. Since the start of the semester, aside from classes held in the

Chemistry major Samantha Soprano has been working hard in the Donnelly lab preparing for an analytical chemistry final this week. Photo by Nadia Ahmed

Chemistry major Samantha Soprano has been working hard in the Donnelly lab preparing for an analytical chemistry final this week.
Photo by Nadia Ahmed

building, she spends much of her “free time” there working on assignments.

“I’d say probably every day during the week and more than 12 hours per day we spend in here,” said Soprano.

Soprano and fellow science major Courtney Cousineau arrived in Donnelly at 8 a.m. today and still continue to work the night away. With only a break for food and class, also in the building, the two plan to stay until 1 a.m. Talk about focus and dedication.

“I have so much work to do this week and then I have to prepare for finals too,” said Soprano.

The two admit they have become very accustomed to the habits and patterns of the computer lab from all the time they’ve spent there.

“It’s always busier when classes get let out with people who come to print,” said Soprano. She went on to explain that the lab empties out after dinner-time and tends to fill up again at 2 a.m. when the library closes, for all those hard-working night owls.

As the semester comes to an end, you’re likely to find a handful of people working in Donnelly until three in the morning.

“It’s a great life, but I don’t recommend it,” said Cousineau, speaking about the time-consuming commitment she puts in as a biomed and biochemistry major.

Photo by Nadia Ahmed

Photo by Nadia Ahmed

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