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As a full-time student with two jobs, it can be quite difficult to find the time to do homework and study. When I do find the time, it’s usually at odd hours and most often late at night.
Our campus library is a great place to study – when it’s open. I enjoy doing homework there because the environment allows me to concentrate without the distractions that pull me away from my studies when I’m at home.
The only issue here is, it closes at 11 p.m. Sure, during finals it will stay open until 1 a.m., but how many of us spend all-nighters studying and cramming for tests? I know I do.
“I think the library should stay open 24 hours a day so that people can study according to their schedules,” said senior Carly Ewing. Ewing works as a server and often doesn’t get home from work until around midnight, when the library has already closed.
Of course, the library isn’t the only place in Kansas City to study. Students can do homework from their homes, but I know personally how challenging that can be.
“I can’t study at home because I live with my family and it wakes them up,” said Daniel Parnell, a sophomore in the nursing school.
“There really isn’t anywhere else for me to study late at night,” said junior Amber Leverette. “Any other place I have tried to study at, I always get distracted.”
MU’s library is open 24 hours a day. Students have full access to a safe, non-distracting place to study any time they need it.
“As a large branch of the University of Missouri system, why do we not have the same resources?” Parnell asked.
It’s a fair question. Shouldn’t we be allowed the same availability of a good place to do homework?
Yes, UMKC is a commuter campus while Mizzou is not. However, that doesn’t mean that our work load or our work schedules are any different.
UMKC is rapidly growing with more and more students coming here every year. Adding overnight staff to keep the library open 24 hours a day would be a great incentive for prospective students to come here.
It would allow all of us the opportunity to safely study all hours of the night without the constant stress of those ‘warning’ lights flashing telling us it’s about time to hit the bricks. We should join our sister school and keep our library open 24 hours a day.