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Where you should grind this semester, according to the stars

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AUGUST 30, 2023

If you’re any true Cal student, you probably have your favorite study spots for grinding it out. But beyond comfort and familiarity, have you ever factored the stars into your study session decision?

Look no further—your study spot horoscope awaits!

Aries: Yali’s Cafe

Ruled by Mars, the planet of action and passion, typical Aries are adventurous and competitive which makes the popular Yali’s Cafe their perfect spot! The fire sign will easily grab a table within the crowded cafe and utilize its upbeat vibes as motivation for their studying.

Taurus: Bancroft Library

Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and money, an everyday Taurus is sensual and pragmatic, with an earthiness that makes them grounded and materialistic. The classic academia furnishings and intensely quiet atmosphere of Bancroft Library will appeal to Taurus’ appreciation for beauty while triggering their focus zone.

Gemini: Moffitt Library

Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information, Gemini’s are social and inquisitive, making the talkative Moffitt Library their perfect grind spot! Beyond Moffitt’s lively, collaborative dynamic appealing to Gemini’s natural communicativeness, the open layout may interest the air sign’s love of freedom.

Cancer: Environmental Design Library

Ruled by the moon, which governs emotions and self-consciousness, Cancers are empathetic and family-oriented. They find comfort in spaces that give them a sense of belonging, making the Environmental Design Library’s secluded location, comfortable study nooks and access to food through Ramona’s cafe their perfect domestic oasis.

Leo: The Glade

Ruled by the sun, which governs our ego and energy, Leos are passionate and outgoing, prompting them to seek out lively and engaging study spots. They would be happiest at the Glade, the popular grassy space at the center of campus, as they can bask in the sun and feel like the main character.

Virgo: Kresge Engineering Library

Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information, and grounded by their earth identity, Virgos are logical and goal-oriented. Benefitting from a practical yet communicative space, the Kresge Engineering Library would best fit their vibe with its straightforward design and collaborative atmosphere of engineering students.

Libra: Caffe Strada

Ruled by Venus, the planet of relationships and harmony, Libras are social, sensual, and balanced. The hip aesthetic and popular nature of Caffe Strada would appeal to Libra’s appreciation for beauty and outgoingness, while their desire to work one-on-one with others would reflect the cafe’s collaborative dynamic.

Scorpio: Doe Library:

Co-ruled by the planets Pluto and Mars, which govern destruction, transformation and action, Scorpios are highly intense and driven. The Doe Library would allow them to harness the intensity to focus due to its strict silence, classical academia grandeur, and collection of motivated students.

Sagittarius: MLK Student Union

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and growth, Sagittarius’ are action-oriented, adventurous and known for their openness to other perspectives. They would thus thrive best in a lively, bustling environment such as the MLK Student Union, a popular place for students to interact dynamically.

Capricorn: Main Stacks

Ruled by Saturn, the planet of karma and responsibility, Capricorns are pragmatic and ambitious.They benefit from a no-nonsense space dedicated towards their goals. Main Stacks, the infamous underground library known for its intense silence and driven students, appeals to Capricorn’s innate determination.

Aquarius: Free Speech Movement Cafe

Ruled by Uranus, the planet of innovation and the unexpected, Aqaurius’ are visionaries with nontraditional ways of thinking. The Free Speech Movement Cafe’s open-air patio and social dynamic of students collaborating over coffee appeals to Aquarius’ flair for community-building and individualism, pushing them to focus in their own unconventional way.

Pisces: East Asian Library

Ruled by Neptune, the planet of dreams, most Pisces are known for their creativity and sensitivity. The architectural ambience, panoramic glass windows with views of campus and peaceful silence of the East Asian Library will allow Pisces to immerse themselves in their imagination while studying.

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AUGUST 30, 2023