Jon's School Survival Guide: Study Spaces
Now that I've been on campus for a couple of years, I'd like to think I've found some of the better places to study. As times have changed, the spaces where I study have changed too. It would be pretty weird if I continued to study in the Bissell's basement, a freshman dorm, as an upperclassmen. Thankfully Dartmouth has an array of spaces around campus that pretty much fit whatever mood or location I'm in. Though the house centers, Baker-Berry Library, and Collis are the most popular spots on campus, I chose to highlight a few lesser known locations.
- No. 1
Black Visual Arts Center
Finished in 2012, the Black Visual Arts Center remains one of my favorite spots on campus--and not just for studying. Fondly known as Black or B-VAC to Dartmouth students, the facility houses the Studio Art Department, Film & Media Studies, Digital Humanities and the Loew Auditorium. The specific spot I enjoy is the Film & Media Studies Gallery. For one, the view is amazing, and since I'm only usually in Black in the morning or early afternoon, I can see the sunshine through the many windows. Because Black is a pretty long walk from my dorm, I usually study there before and after I have a class in the building.
- No. 2
Orozco Mural Room
It's kind of crazy to study next to a National Historic Landmark, but that's exactly what students do in the Orozco Mural room. Specifically, Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco's The Epic of American Civilization takes up over half of the room's walls. Tourists walk through the room during the day but the area is almost always quiet. Orozco also holds Baker Library's course reserves, where students can check out required readings for classes for a limited time. The room is in the basement of Baker Library so there's basically no sunlight, but since I'm usually only there at night--and often have a multiude of things to finish--the lack of natural lighting is just fine.
- No. 3
Jack Byrne Commons
Probably the least known of the three spots, Jack Byrne Commons is located in the new Kemeny Hall, home of Dartmouth's Mathematics Department. I'm still afraid of math, but this study space turned out to be very cool. If it's not obvious already, I really enjoy spaces with sunglight and a view during the daytime hours. Since the Commons are usually pretty empty during the day, I usually study here after a class in Silsby Hall (home of the government department) or when I need a quieter space to study during a school day.