Monday, April 27, 2009

Study Review: Ihop is just a little too hoppin'

It's that time of year again. Finals week. I'm so excited. This means that I get to spend the next week hooked up to a caffeine IV while I pour my soul into papers and studying.

Where should I go to set out on my academic endeavors?

*Cue the collective Lee student body*

"Ihop, of course!"

Funny you should suggest Ihop. That's exactly where I am. But if you haven't noticed already, I'm not doing homework.

Here's why.

1. Hotcake Hotspot: I'm not opposed to other people. People live in community, because if we existed as isolated individuals, we wouldn't survive. However, where two or more are gathered together over caffeine and pancakes, studying is not likely to be had.

It seems that studious patrons have good intentions, settling into their stations and spreading all their books and papers and highlighters and laptops out with the greatest of care.

However, this is as far as the academic endeavors go. From here on out, all you will find is Sally Mae jabbering on endlessly about the perfectly matched outfits that she will be wearing for the next seven days, what Tiffany Marie told her about Ashley Sue, and each and every activity that she will be participating in for the next week, from flossing her teeth to "studying."

2. International House of Rock: Number 1 wasn't Ihop's fault, but the volume of the music is. When you have to talk out loud and squint your eyes together just to figure out what is going on inside your head, you've got a problem.

Ihop is not ignorant of the hip library-esque atmosphere it takes on after 10 p.m. I mean, the first question our waitress asked us was if we wanted to do homework for a while before ordering.

However, apparently Ihop is either unaware of or unconcerned about the effects blaring music has on its patrons. So much for that.

3. Catering to No One: Laptops are a must-have for students who are looking to get end-of-the-semester papers done. An essential part of having a laptop is having a power source. So when Ihop only has a few plugs available, located in inconvenient places to begin with, problems arise.

If the crowd and the noise weren't enough, the lack of outlets will do you in.

In Ihop's defense, the service is almost always good. The servers are pleasant, the food is pretty tasty I think, and the tables are relatively clean.

It's not a bad hangout late at night; it's great, in fact. But if you're hoping to do anything productive, you'd do better to just stay home.

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