By Bota Saudabayeva '18
Although relegated specifically for senior use, the senior room is the place to be for lunch, office hours, and free periods (if you have time to waste conversing, napping, and snacking). Stocked with Terra Chips, seltzer, and cheese blocks galore, the “Senior Eighteen” is a heavy rival to the “Freshman Fifteen.” A perfect way to bond with people one usually doesn’t have classes with, the senior room is an oasis from the academic rigor of NCS.
The Student Commons, when not at its loudest peak, arguably has the softest and most comfortable couches for napping, as well as the sturdiest desks for studying. Not to mention, the quiet room in the back, usually reserved for upperclassmen, is perfect for intimate conversations and last-minute essay editing. One downside: gutsy students who talk freely even under a death glare from a student cramming for a quiz. As someone who’s been on both sides of this delicate divide, this room is open territory for free and savage shushing.
Sophomore and Junior Lounges:
Bridging the space between the Headmistress’ office and that of the Dean of Student Life, the sophomore and junior lounges are comfortable congregation spots on F day mornings and for after-sports study sessions. Although too open for discrete conversation, the privately delegated lounges build a sense of spatial unity in both classes as they struggle over doing their homework without a proper desk.
The classroom of a favorite teacher:
If tears are to be shed or snacks stolen from homerooms, the proper place to do so is in the room of one’s favorite teacher. Whether up all four hundred flights of Hearst’s stairs or across the way in Woodley, the cozy room of a teacher who cannot go home without feeling rude to the crying soul in front of them is the perfect place to detox. Of course, upperclassmen do receive special time-rights to their favorite teachers; it’s only fair with the accumulation of hours spent at the institution. If time is needed, underclassmen should feel free to fill out and submit the correct “Office Hours Time Assurance” forms found in Ms. Clark’s room at least five school days in advance lest they be shooed away by a junior or senior.
The library is a shining gem of studying locations. The couches are sturdily comfortable, yet a smidge too hard in efforts to discourage naps; the tables and view of the Woodley courtyard inspire productivity and perhaps a #studygram. The Sister’s Cafe is faithfully stocked with hot water and tea packets for a relaxing caffeine kick, and the atmosphere is serene and filled with the scent of textbooks and the wonderful research collection upstairs. The intimate rooms and glass boxes with closed doors invite project collaboration and a space to watch Netflix while polishing a lab report.