By Liam Warin '20
Regardless of the quantity of furniture present, the “Skounge” is the premier hangout spot at St. Albans. Its place on the third floor of Marriott Hall is integral not only due to its proximity to Senior Circle but also due to its windows, which allow viewing of the Deck and the Little Field. Many people have started bringing in hammocks and TVs to spice up life in this ever-vibrant place. The Sky Lounge is an almost senior-exclusive area, and other grades rarely try to stay here.
The library is an amazing place to hang out and study alike. In the morning, many students gather here to go over homework, to socialize, and to sleep. The library is used by all grades at all times. Having the back rooms are a major benefit to those who want privacy in conversation or studying. Not to mention, phones are always allowed here, as the librarians do not enforce the phone rule requiring you to ask them for permission. However, food and drink are strictly prohibited. If a librarian catches you with such substances, he won’t be too pleased. The area near Mr. Eagles’s office is also a very fun place to hang out, especially when the TV is there. Even if you don’t want to study, the library is a great place to hang out during all times of the day.
Sam’s Bar is the most populated hangout area at the beginning of any flex or ensemble period. Its food and drinks are unparalleled (mostly because there is no other spot to buy food on campus other than Open City), and the tables nearby are great for snacking and quickly sitting down to talk with friends. Usually a freshmen-occupied area after the initial food-buying time, Sam’s Bar allows for long conversations, and its window wells provide a safe place to leave a book bag. Phones are allowed here, but Mr. Hansen’s room is nearby, so make sure to put them away when leaving the area. Sam’s Bar is a great place to be during any flex or ensemble time, and not just because of the food.
A much smaller space than many of those on this list, the Fishbowl is good for any sort of activity. Not much studying is done here, but the swivel chairs and TV make it a blast. Because anyone can connect to the TV with his phone, groups in the fishbowl often watch movies or YouTube videos whilst rapidly spinning around in their chairs. Though the fishbowl is usually occupied by seniors during office hours, all grades use the Fishbowl during the rest of the day. Additionally, its closeness to Sam’s Bar makes it a prime spot to eat food and drink beverages. Although the Fishbowl is small, its many utilities make it a great place to hang out.
MH 200 Level Classrooms:
The MH 200 Level Classrooms offer the sophomores a manageable space to hang out. Due to essentially all of the other spaces being taken, the sophomores resort to this area, but they make the best of it. Each classroom has a marker and a whiteboard and lots of desks, allowing for large group conversations and lots of banter. Food and drinks are prohibited, along with phone usage, making these rooms less optimal to stay in. Despite their deterrents, the MH 200 Level Classrooms are a good place for somewhat large groups to hang out and chill during ensemble and flex periods.
The Glass Boxes are usually used for storing books and bags during lunch periods, but they double as a hangout spot after school. This space is essentially just for those waiting for their rides to arrive at Senior Circle. Though the boxes are small, each room’s two tables and many chairs allow for smaller-sized groups to converse and crack jokes without anyone hearing. Because people only use the Glass Boxes after school, phones are used, though food and drink fail to make appearances. The Glass Boxes are also a good place to wait for your ride.
Roli’s Room is a spot where anything goes. Although it’s used almost exclusively by the Juniors, its juxtaposition to Sam’s Bar allows it to shine. With its projector and many desks, anything goes. Phones are often used here (with Roli’s permission, of course), but food is not eaten, nor are beverages drunk. The area is very large, allowing for much tomfoolery and lots of laughter. Roli’s Room is amazing for any sort of activity, whether it be studying or conversing.