The class is finished, and you have three hours to spare before the other class will start. How do you want to spend your spare time until the next class? You can do such things as eating out in a cafeteria, reading a book at the school library, or sleeping by leaning on a sofa. However, if you try to find spaces to rest, they are not easy to find. It’s true that there are few spaces to rest at CAU. You might see that sofa and table on the first floor of Building 310 packed with students. If you go there at times when many people are there, you would not be able to sit or take a rest. Let’s take a closer look at the current state of spaces to rest at CAU compared with other universities, and CAU students’ wishes towards spaces to rest.
The Reality of Spaces to Rest at CAU
There are six cafes at CAU: R&D Building (Building 102), Building 106, Blue-Mir Hall (Building 308), Building 310, Building 303, and Building 301. Among these, the cafes in Building 310, Building 303, and Building 106 (Strada) are used frequently by CAU students.
1. Building 310 (At 100)
In the cases of cafes in Building 310 and Building 303, a large number of students use these cafes because many students take their classes in these buildings. First of all, it is the café “At 100” in Building 310. There are long and big marmoreal chairs, and tables that three or four people can use, so many students come to use this café and wait for friends or do assignments while drinking some beverages. However, this space is quite open to other students. Also, since lots of students who take classes in this building use this café, sometimes it is hard to rest comfortably due to the large number of people.
2. Café in Building 303
How about the café on the 6th floor of Building 303? Since it is located near by the front door, it is often crowded with students, especially when classes are about to start. Also, there are long lineups of students in front of this café, so it seems that it is not easy to rest here. This Building 303 is a building with three basement levels and 14 levels above the ground. But it has only one café to rest, and there are few elevators for students. Therefore, it is hard for students who take classes in the upper floors to access this café. And its tables and chairs are quite old, so it is uncomfortable to use.
3. Strada (Building 106)
Then, let’s think about the café in Building 106, Strada. This café is known among students for its unique beverages and desserts. Contrary to the other cafes mentioned above, this café seems to be separated from other spaces in Building 106. Therefore, students using Strada have to buy some desserts if they want to rest by sitting on its chairs. (It seems that this place is the same as the ones that are located outside of the school.)
Chairs and Sofas
1. Building 310
In Building 310, there are many classes, including economics, business, and engineering subjects, in addition to various liberal arts programs, so this building has a large floating population. Therefore, some green sofas for students’ convenience have been installed in the 1st floor lobby in Building 310. However, in the case of a certain time crowded with many people, you can realize that there is no sofa to sit down. This building shows off its huge scale from six basement floors to the 12th floor, but it has little space for students to rest. Of course, there are some chairs near the lecture rooms on some floors in this building, but these chairs are used by students who take the classes on those floors.
2. Building 303 and Building 203
Tables and chairs have been installed on all floors of these buildings, but these facilities seem to be used as “meeting rooms for team projects” rather than “spaces to rest.” If you use these spaces for team projects, you don’t need to reserve through the reservation system. These spaces are convenient for students to talk with friends freely but its facilities are old and lack to offer deep rest.
3. Dormitory (Building 309)
Students can finish their tasks on this space. There are lots of sofas and tables, and some computers have also been installed there on the 2nd floor of the dormitory. Furthermore, TV sets have been placed near the sofas, so students who want to rest can sit down on the sofas and watch TV. However, did you know that this space was made for only “students living in dormitory?” Also, this building is far from other buildings, so its accessibility is not particularly good.
Club Rooms? Department Rooms?
Nowadays, our CAU club and department rooms are located in Building 203, Building 202, and Building 104. In department rooms, some computers and small tables have been installed, so students can study and take a rest for a while. However, these department rooms are uncomfortable spaces for students who have passive stances in regards to department life. Club rooms are also the same. Students who don’t join the clubs feel that the club rooms are also far from their minds.
CAH has Done an Online Survey of 90 CAU Students
This survey was conducted on 90 students in CAU. Many answered that they wanted resting room where they can get a sleep. Besides, some students wanted more spaces for their studying. According to this survey, CAH can know many students want more spaces to rest comfortably, and some of them hope that spaces that were not used in Building 310 become to use for students' rest. Also, some facilities including chairs are too old, so students want those facilities to be replaced.
What is the most important thing if you want to have high satisfaction in your school life? High quality of lectures? Or close friends? But, CAH also thinks that “Spaces to Rest” are also needed for our CAU students. About 90 students say that they really wanted spaces for real rest. If spaces to rest, including lounges, are gradually expanded, students can forget their exhaustion for a moment and get some energy for their school life. We hope spaces for only “students” will be increasing more than before.
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