By Kalie Souknary
Blog Content Contributor
When the Alkek library fills up, it can be hard to find a good spot to sit down and attempt to get your life together. If you’re picky like I am, where you want to study can depend on your mood or what type of class you’re studying for. It either has to be dead silent, or you may sometimes even feel like being around a lot of people because everyone is giving off a “working” vibe. Either way, there’s a spot for it that doesn’t require you to sit in a traditional building. San Marcos has many places to study, some you can even find on campus if you look hard enough.
Wake the Dead Coffee House
Wake the Dead is such an underrated place to have a cup of coffee and get some studying in. Known as a hole-in-the-wall sort of place, it offers a comfy home environment where the baristas are always nice, no matter what time of day it is. It also has a “backyard” fenced in and featuring plenty of tables for you to sit and enjoy the weather. This has always been a favorite of mine since freshman year. Not only is it a great atmosphere, they make some amazing coffee – much needed for a long night of studying.
Yes, the UAC Cafe. A handful of of people study here, but most people come here because of the shorter line that also has Starbucks blends. Since the UAC first opened when I was a freshman, I’ve studied there enough times to tell you to grab some coffee, put those headphones in, and get in your zone. I recently studied for my statistics test there for three hours, no interruptions, and in a very relaxed environment. It’s the sort of place where instead of knowing everyone around you is stressed (like at Alkek), you catch the relaxed vibes that people around you give off.
Another underrated coffee shop,Tantra has a lively family feel to it. When you walk in, it feels like you’re at a house party… For people who are studying. You can go there to hang out, study, drink, listen to live music… The list goes on. It’s altogether a nice place to be, especially if school is stressing you out and you need a place that will make you feel like less of a zombie for a bit.
Jo’s Cafe is a bit new to San Marcos, but wow, they know how to make coffee. Located in a house across Sanctuary Lofts, it has its Historic Downtown San Marcos feel in an adorable neighborhood. If these hills could talk, they would have stories to tell. Sit outside on their patio, read, and watch people go by. Jo’s can provide you with one of their candy flavored coffees and you’ll be good to go!
Mochas & Javas (Wonderworld)
In all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Mochas & Javas, but I never hear anything bad about them. Not only that, but the times I studied there, it was always quiet. Even if there are a good amount of people there, everyone is respectful and the baristas are so friendly. Along with Wake the Dead (and I’m sure other coffee shops), they also allow different organizations to gather here, so sometimes you’ll be able to catch live performances from local artists. If you’re studying in the late morning or early afternoon, I would have to say M&J is the place to go because it lets in the perfect amount of sunshine into the store and the store fills with positivity.
Help yourself out once in a while by visiting some of these coffee shops and getting out of the library! Sometimes your mind just needs a place it can feel free to think and not feel so pressured to perform. If you know of a great coffee shop to study at, spread the word to your friends!
Featured image by Dylan Lochridge-Fletcher.