Students can be found huddled around a doorway in the Merced College Student Union around 9 a.m. every weekday. Study Central, one of the most popular academic study spaces on campus, welcomes all in search of support, guidance, technology and course help five days a week.

Located across from the Student Health Services Office, Study Central holds 23 computer stations, communal tables and three print stations to accommodate the student population. Student peer mentors rotate through to assist students for both math and English, with a specialized instructor coming in every hour for quick one-on-one questions. There are also supplemental instructors who hold sessions within Study Central, where students meet as a small group to address additional questions. Many students are attracted to the more social environment of Study Central, where they are permitted to eat lunch while working on whatever schoolwork they’ve been assigned.

“This is one of the few places that allows you to be social while studying,” MC student Michael Madkins said. “You can see your friends, and it’s not too quiet, so you feel comfortable with who is around you.”

Study Central also plays host to a number of weekly student workshops, ranging from subjects like time management to gender inequality. Attendance to these workshops is free, open to anyone, and all participants are entered into a raffle to win a tablet at the conclusion of the spring semester.

-- Submitted by Alessandria Pedretti