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The Study Panel is a computer terminal in Final Fantasy VIII used for school purposes. Students can access these terminals for information about the Garden and/or their studies. The system is Garden-wide and also provides forums for chatting or even public home-pages depending on the faculty's say-so.
Balamb Garden Study PanelsEdit
The tutorial in the Study Panel is almost exactly the same as the help option in the main menu. It explains the game controls, terms and symbols encountered during the game. As a reward for looking at the Guardian Force page, the player will receive two GFs—Quezacotl and Shiva, and an explanation regarding GF powers.
Features the Garden rules as well as info on the three Garden institutions and the basics of the SeeD mercenary program.
A Message From GardenEdit
Garden Events: Contains chronographs indicating the Garden's major events during the year. Also contains announcements by the Cafeteria, Disciplinary and Library committees.
Functions as a sort of public message board for the students. After Squall is appointed commander, it features messages from students cheering him on.
The School Festival CommitteeEdit
A section for the School Festival Committee to post announcements and student related material. Selphie Tilmitt, after becoming the Committee's sole member, revamps the page to become a kind of public diary and narration on game events.
Selphie writes about the current state of the festival, requesting new members and expresses her hopes for future festivals.
- My Friends
Selphie gets the main characters (except for Squall) to each write a little message on this page, featuring her own comments at the end of each message. Selphie's website will also have various comments about Squall ranging from affectionate, to "stoic and kinda scary" based on some of the player's social choices that involve Squall's interaction with her and the rest of the party.
- My Diary
Selphie writes about the game's story and events as it progresses from her perspective, sharing her outlook on them, opinions, worries, concerns, thoughts and feelings, effectively creating a chronicle of the game's events.
Other Study PanelsEdit
- In the remnants of Trabia Garden, a partially working computer panel and screen can be turned on to access Selphie's personal information. She will quickly arrive to turn it off.
- The dorm rooms in Galbadia Garden feature personal Study Panels.