Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Thesis Director

Heather K. Webb

Thesis Committee Member

Cindy W. Boyer

Thesis Committee Member

Jeremy D. Alexander


The purpose of this study is to examine the experience second year, live on students study habits in outside academic spaces during a pandemic from 2020-2021 academic year. Through gathered testimonies of residents it was found students value their communities, appreciate localized spaces for collaboration, and acknowledged various influences that can enhance or inhibit their ability to study. Additionally, they shared the impact COVID-19 had on their personal lives, academics, and how they interacted with others. It was found that holistic measures are needed for students to be successful in outside academic spaces. This study brought attention to these measures by identifying the need for multiple designs that offered privacy, public view, or solidarity. These spaces should provide safety, large surface areas, and offer a sense of peace. Additionally, students shared resources should be readily available, whether that be basic needs such as water, food, or restrooms, technology, even human connection, such as friends, staff, or strangers.