Students of Color Perspectives: Study Spaces

Hi there! I’m Laura Muñoz, a Freshman from Miami. I’m your Students of Color Perspectives blogger and I’ll write about what it means to be a proud (First-Gen, Feminist) Cubanita here at Brown (the best school on Earth).

Sometimes studying sucks. (This is the truest alliteration I have ever written.) It’s easy to feel really overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to complete and it can be difficult to find the motivation to even get started. I’ve found that the best way to motivate myself is by studying in beautiful locations, because sometimes The Rock and The SciLi just don’t cut it. Below is a list of my favorite places to study on campus and throughout Providence! You should check some out for the sake of exploring and, who knows, maybe studying at one of these locations will make you über productive.

In no particular order some of my favorite places to study auberre:

1. Machado House

Home to the French Studies and Hispanic Studies Departments on Prospect Street this building is beautiful inside and out. Inside there’s a small library with a large table for studying. The walls are lined with vintage French books and there’s a chandelier that’ll make you feel so glamorous you’ll forget about the 200 pages of reading you have to complete for your PoliSci class. And, if you’re feeling outdoorsy and Providence weather is cooperating, there’s a cute courtyard when you exit the library that has tables and benches where you could also study! 




2. Providence Athenaeum

This local library right down College Hill from The Rock looks like something out of Pinterest. It is always quiet and not too crowded. There are desks along the stacks on the second floor (my favorite), large tables and couches in the basement, and more tables in the first floor. If I could live here I would, and I could go on about why it’s such a perfect place, but I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. 



3. RISD Library

If you want to get away from the Brown Bubble for a little bit the RISD Library is the perfect place to go! It’s located down College Hill almost in Downtown Providence so it’s a great excuse to see the sights of our lovely city. It has expansive space and is pretty empty on the weekends which means you won’t get distracted people watching indiscreetly. 


4. The Leung Family Gallery at Faunce

This study space is in the second floor of Faunce, right above the Blue Room. It is always super quiet though it does get pretty full, so it can be a little difficult to find a spot. I would recommend sitting in one of the couches with a view of the Main Green. ’nuff said. 


Photo Credit: Dave Deckey 

Source: @BrownAlumAssoc Twitter 


5. John Hay Library

You can’t go wrong with this place. You just can’t. The main reading room doubles as my second home outside of Wayland. The huge windows offer a gorgeous view of campus and let in natural lighting which is always great. The tables are expansive so you can totally take all five of your history textbooks and the chairs are super comfy so you won’t want to leave until you finish all your work. 



You should check out some of these spots, or search for other places that are your favorites for studying. Nothing makes getting work done easier than being in a place you absolutely love that makes you feel happy!


If you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat, please feel free to email me at (Seriously, do. I love talking about Brown. I’m obsessed with this place.) Gracias!



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