TL;DR – Everything happens for a reason.
Polytechnic student Ms Claire Eng Jia Hui took it to the Straits Times Forum to explain why cafe “seat-hoggers” like herself are generally misunderstood.
Of course everything in life happens for a reason and in this case, she has five.
1. Studying at the library is “nearly impossible”
Because no food is allowed inside, she says. She even had to skip lunch for a week when she was studying in the library.
2. Studying in school and community centres is “not practical”
She explains that schools are locked up after school hours and many community centres have fixed days and hours to use their study rooms.
Well, correct me if I am wrong but I had thought that the time after these “fixed hours” were meant for you to perhaps, sleep?
3. You would have to “pay a fee” for commercial facilities
According to Ms Eng, students are even less willing to use commercial facilities such as Desk Next Door or The Study Area to study, as they have to pay a fee to do so.
4. Therefore, it is imperative that students hog cafe seats
Or in her words, “this shortage of cheap and convenient study areas makes cafes an ideal location for students.”
Oh, did I say five reasons?
5. Why not home sweet home then?
“I do not study at home because the overly comfortable environment makes me procrastinate.”