Although it feels somewhat unclear if winter is actually coming (see: 70-degree highs a week and a half ago), it is already November. Midterms are sort of starting to wrap up, but the f-word (f*nals) is starting to work its way into on-campus dialogue, and seminar papers are no longer the stuff of myths. Ugh.
In other words, whether we like it or not, it’s that time of the semester where work becomes a thing that’s real. So, in honor of the impending misery that is actually being productive, here’s a quick guide to which study spots on and around campus are hot and which ones are not. Literally.
HOT: J. Walter Wilson. For some odd reason, JWW is consistently just slightly warmer than one would expect. I really don’t know how I feel about it.
NOT: The Rock, Main Reading Room. I wouldn’t necessarily call it cold, but the main area of the Rock is definitely not hot. Actually, it’s quite pleasant.
We all love our high school friends, but the distance of college allowed us to grow and change without the constraints of people who knew our high-school selves. Our status as ~college~ students obviously makes us superior as shit, because no parents, no rules, and we’re killing the game. Despite the fact that all of our high school friends are also in college, we still need to prove that we are more college than they are, because let’s be real – it’s all a competition to prove how well adjusted and cool we are.
But on top of wanting to seem hip and awesome, we also want our school to trump theirs in every way possible. It’s the inevitable comparison of colleges, just like the inevitable comparison of Christmas present every year, except a lot more expensive and a lot more pretentious.
It’s easy to flaunt our newfound coolness through carefully edited Instagrams and thoughtfully crafted tweets about how good the dining hall food, but all the fancy facades are gone when the high school friends step on campus. Since Brown only has a Fall Weekend instead of a Fall Break, unlike all other respectable schools, it makes us particularly prone to friends visiting while gallivanting around on their absurdly long break (the longest I’ve heard is one and a half weeks — what???).
In light of that possibility, here are a few DOs and DON’Ts of making sure high school friends know how cool you think you are.
DO make sure that your alcohol supply is on full display in your dorm room. And leave around a few empty bottles while you’re at it. This is your friend’s first impression of the new-college-you, so you have to make sure it’s one that implies near alcoholic.
DON’T let them see you actually do work. Remember, you want to seem like you have it together (they might report back to your parents) and acting stressed is a dead give away. Plus, it gives the impression that you’re super successful without even trying.
Brown has 6,264 undergrads, 2,094 grad students, and 490 med students. Somehow, someway, a lot of these people look like each other. You might not know their names, and you might not be friends with them, but you know these pairs exist. And don’t you just want to tell them? We definitely do.
Meet Rebecca, a psychology concentrator from Boston, and Summerset, a history concentrator from San Diego. Rebecca and Summerset totally knew that they were matched with each other, but were very excited nonetheless. This dopplegangin’ duo had long awaited the day it would be featured on BlogDH. Fun fact? The first time Rebecca and Summer took a look-a-like photo was in the bathroom at Spats (R.I.P.)
Summerset (left) and Rebecca (right)
R: When did you first figure out you had a doppelgänger on campus?
S: Right before I transferred here. I transferred last spring, and I remembered one of my friends from high school messaged me and said, “Oh my gosh, there’s a girl in Theta that looks exactly like you.” I looked her up on Facebook and wow, it was pretty uncanny. We still see pictures of each other on Facebook and get really confused.
R: That’s exactly how I figured it out too! I Facebook stalked you back to early high school and even then we still looked the same. Our awkward phases aligned really well.
The age-old question of which dining hall matches up with which rapper has at last been settled. Recently, a new comparison arose in my mind: what about the Brown libraries and pop singers? See below for the final ten pairings. [Ed’s note: We have ten libraries?!]
The Rock = Taylor Swift
“I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write an essay in absolute quiet.”
The Rock is always there: dependable, eclectic, the “America’s sweetheart” of libraries. It could only possibly be paired with the adorably inane TSwift. Sure, it’s about as easy to complain that you’re spending way too much time at the Rock as you do listening to Taylor. Yes, after a while it begins to seem like they’re both just the same thing over and over, but stay away from either one and you’ll return to find something new and interesting, whether it’s a bloodthirsty new music video or a shelf entirely filled with strange sexual practices across history. In fact, the Rock might even be a bit more predictable than Swift, since you can generally count on the Rock to not have bangs, and to not suddenly remove all of its songs from Spotify. (Side note: They both, permanently or temporarily, reside in Rhode Island.)
As you’re probably well-aware, finals season is in full swing. It’s time for the University’s study resources to shine, so in honor of the many long hours we’re all spending in libraries, here are BlogDH’s official Fall 2014 Cubicle Superlatives! (This is definitely a thing that is real.)
Most beautiful: Main Reading Room, the Rock. Brand-new to the University, the Rock’s main reading room features several cubicles that can only be described as undeniably sexy. Just look at those partitions. And the chairs are so ergonomic…swoon.
Most artistic: RISD Library. I mean, the RISD library is literally an art school library. It doesn’t get much more artistic than that.
Cutest couple: SciLi, 13th floor. Look at that configuration–they’re truly lovers intertwined. So adorable.