He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown: Finding the Perfect Study Spot


Hi there! I’m Seunglee Lee, a first year blogger for He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown. For nervous freshmen, including myself, nothing is more exiting yet intimidating than prospects of dorm life. As I navigate through all the fun, hectic and hilarious experiences dorm life at Brown has to offer, I hope to share them with you and hopefully convince you that Brown is the place to be.

Nearly two months have passed since the beginning of school, which means the dreaded midterm season is here. Many classes, in fact, like math and economics, have multiple midterms spread throughout the semester. Once the first one begins the exams never seem to go away.

It amazes me how time flies by so fast. I still feel like Facetiming Spandy for the first time and saying goodbye to my parents at the airport were only a few days ago. But a lot has changed. The hot, annoyingly humid weather now has an air of crispness, which along with the changing color of leaves indicates the coming of fall. We start registering for second semester classes next week, and Thanksgiving break is less than a month away.

Now while this means that Brown feels a lot more like home, it also means that things are getting more serious. We have homework and midterms to study for, meetings to attend and commitments to take care of. You were probably wondering, so what do these all have to do with dorm life? That brings me to what I wanted to talk about today: study spots.

Study spots turned out to be much more important than I thought they would be, and they really do depend on where you live. There are so many options, each with different advantages. As a Pembroke resident, I will share with you some of my favorite/most convenient places to study.

My room: Even back at home I did not like studying in my room that much, and I was convinced I would not study inside when I had so many other options. Once reality kicked in, studying in the room arguably became the most convenient place to get things done. You don’t waste time traveling back and forth, and you can stay up however late you want. Walking up Thayer Street at two in the morning back to your room is not fun, even if you are with a friend.

Andrews Commons: Andrews is probably where I spend the most time in, whether just hanging out with friends or studying. The greatest advantage is that you can eat and study at once here. Also, for Pembroke people, it is a three minute walk at most. They serve a wide range of options from Vietnamese pho to pizza, and they also have nice study rooms in the sides.

Andrews study room: Located above Andrews Commons, Andrews study room is quieter and smaller. I come here when I am too lazy to go to the libraries but need to concentrate, usually because I have to meet a deadline.

Blue Room: The cafe is located inside Faunce (Stephen Robert Center), the heart of Main Green and where a lot of campus events are held. They sell baked goods, sandwiches and drinks. I come here often since a lot of my classes are near the Main Green. There is another lounge one floor above the cafe, which is absolutely quiet.

John Hay Library: The library, which reopened this year after renovation, is a place I wish I could visit more since it is so far away from where I stay. It is quite beautiful and have nice chairs and desks. My history seminar is held in one of the rooms on the third floor, fittingly so since the seminar is on Abraham Lincoln, whose personal secretary was John Hay.

I hope you all have a nice week!


Do you have any questions or comments? Shoot me an email at seung_lee_lee@brown.edu and I’ll get back to you!



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