He, She, and Phe: Study Spaces and Lounges

Keeney Quad’s Arnold Lounge

Hello prospective students, confused current students, and lost surfers of the web. Welcome to He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown, where I address your questions about the most ubiquitous aspect of college living. My name is Justin Ferenzi, and I’m here to help shine some light on the rollercoaster ride that is dorm life.

Throughout all the fun and games of college life, every once in a while it’s important to buckle down and start studying for classes. This post deals with the spaces made available to students in the freshman dorms for accomplishing that goal.

Let’s start with Keeney, the largest freshman dormitory. Almost every individual floor has its own study lounge, equipped with a table, a few chairs, and a white board. Some deviate from this; first floors tend to have “laundry lounges,” that are very infrequently used because they smell like laundry detergent and are 1,000 degrees. Basements have larger lounges without white boards, but with more comfortable seating.

The top floor of every house within Keeney has a large lounge with a kitchen, sofas, chairs, and a television. They’re great for communal studying or just hanging out. It’s easy to hook up an HDMI cord from your laptop to the TV and have a movie night.

Also available to Keeney-ites is the Arnold Lounge, a 24 hour study space with a print station and a “bubble,” a glass-walled room with a white board. It’s technically supposed to be a quiet space, which it is during the daytime, but it tends to get a bit livelier at night.

Wayland, the smallest of the dorms, has a large lounge with board games and TV, and a few smaller lounges scattered throughout. Lots of Wayland-ers like to wander across the street to Keeney, where they study in Arnold.

Up at Pembroke, they have a lot of really, really nice lounges throughout their buildings. MoChamp is perhaps the exception to this rule, but they are still very nice and comfortable spaces. Andrews definitely has the best, and the Andrews’ Lounge is an object of envy from people in other dorms.

If dorm lounges don’t jive for you… Well, you’re guaranteed to find the place where you’re most productive. Studying in the different libraries produces different experiences: the Hay is dead silent but absolutely gorgeous, the Rock is a bit more lax and very calm, and the SciLi is open 24/7 and full of people furiously typing. People study in the various eateries, outside on the green, the other random lounge areas throughout campus, the local cafes, or simply in the comfort of their own bed.

In all, Brown offers a lot of great spaces for dedicated studying, communal hanging out, and various mixtures of the two. So experiment, find the best place for you, and hit the books!

When Justin Ferenzi isn’t blogging, he’s obsessively refreshing his email account for blogging-related correspondence. For any and all questions about dorm life at Brown, don’t hesitate to send a message to justin_ferenzi@brown.edu


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