Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Study Spaces: Frist Reading Room

Today I realized that the study area on the third floor of Frist is called the Frist Reading Room. In my defense, it really isn't a room - just an open space filled with rows of long tables and studious Princeton students. No matter what time of day you are here, it seems that there will always be at least a few other people to keep you company. For those of you who have studied here during exam periods, you know that it can get completely packed.

For that reason, I have to be in a particular mood to come here. As I've demonstrated in previous posts, my instinct is to seek out secluded study spaces, where I can curl up and privately bury myself in readings and papers. But sometimes, it's nice to have others around you, particularly others who are in the same boat.

And really, that's what you will find at Frist. Even though the person next to you might be studying a completely different subject, you can just about guarantee that they have had weeks as busy and as stressful as the one you might be having.

To top it off, this "room" has easily accessible lights, outlets, couches, armchairs, and, as mentioned, very long tables. It's important to note that from 7:30-10:30 pm on Sundays through Wednesdays, the McGraw Study Hall is held here (so don't expect quiet during those hours). When student groups are rehearsing in the Frist Theatre, you might also catch drifts of their music. This could get bothersome, depending on what is being rehearsed. But today, the soundtrack for the upcoming Expressions show didn't faze me at all.

Frist Reading Room Hours:

Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 am-2:00 am (7:30-10:30 pm is McGraw Study Hall)
Thursday-Friday, 7:00 am-3:00 am
Saturday, 7:30 am-3:00 am
Sunday, 8:00 am-2:00 am (7:30-10:30 pm is McGraw Study Hall)

- Meghan Todt '11

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