Perkins, In Detail
West Campus has about 15 coffee shops, 32 swingy benches, and (I counted), exactly 846 chic, stylish study rooms, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like studying in a library. Or at the very least, scrolling Instagram while your textbook is open in front of you in a library. To help you decide exactly where to drop your bookbag, Department Of presents a detailed description of every area of The Link Perkins (I’m quarantined and sooooo bored, so fuck it let’s do the whole building).
Lower Level 2– Pike owns the sub-basement of Perkins. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it has been since Perkins was built. Any time between 8 am and 10 pm, you can reliably find a group of several Pikes and a few APhis or Kappas with them. Anyone else who wants to study there either needs a wristband or needs to name three brothers they’ve done case interview prep with.
Stacks of Lower Level 2– People only ever come here with one purpose. Only after 2 am. Bring protection.
The Link– For arguably one of the most popular study spots on campus, The Link was designed with a horrendous color palette. Who decided maroon and orange go well together? I guess it doesn’t really matter, most people in The Link can’t see very well through their tears of stress and frustration. This is a great place to study all hours of the day, though beware after midnight the bathrooms close, so your next closest option is up a flight of stairs.
Service Desk– In my book, everyone who works here is a hero. They’ve got staplers, markers, IT help, and even chargers for everything, just ask whichever student behind the desk looks the most bored.
Group Study Rooms– Technically you’re supposed to reserve these, but no one ever does. That being said, “I actually have this room reserved for this time” is a great lie you can use to claim a large study room for just yourself. If the people in there are slow to move out, threatening to “pull up the email real quick” will be sure to make them move.
GS 1-4– The largest, nicest, most conveniently located study rooms, these are usually occupied by econ group project teams, larger friend groups, or official-looking meetings. Everyone writes on the whiteboard-walls. Most people erase their work when they’re done, except for STEM majors who leave complicated equations up on the wall to validate themselves intimidate impress the next people who use the room.
GS 5-7, 9-11– Of these six rooms, there will always be at least one (likely more) occupied by only one person. Probably GS 7. It is a fundamental law of nature. During peak hours, these rooms are most likely all occupied, but they make great study rooms and aren’t as elusive as the first four.
GS 8– Huge and hidden in a corner, GS 8 is actually open a surprising amount. Don’t be fooled though. After five minutes of making yourself comfortable there, a large club will inevitably come in and kick you out to have a meeting.
Classrooms and Seminar Rooms– I mean, pretty self-explanatory. I have nothing to add here.
First Floor– The vanilla floor. The manila envelope of floors. The first floor is to Perkins as Boston College is to the ACC. Actually, that’s not a fair analogy, at least some people like the first floor. This spot is popular for everyone who wants to avoid stairs (e.g. everyone), and people that don’t mind noise. As an added perk, there’s probably someone else studying here at the same time who’s struggling to get through their Math 122 problem set too.
Vondy– Officially called the Von der Heyden Pavilion, but nobody knows that, and you didn’t even realize that I wrote the wrong name. Vondy’s where you get three cups of coffee per day while writing a 10-page paper on the fourth floor. There’s never any open seating here during the day, so if you walk in trying to find a spot to study, you’ll quickly have to leave. Then, you’ll get social anxiety and worry that people think you’re weird because you walked right in then right out, so you cover your tracks by getting in line at the coffee shop. Of course, the baristas will think you’re weird unless you order something, so you get a hot tea or a cheesecake brownie. After doing this 8 times per week for two months, your food points disappear and you put on 15 pounds, but at least people don’t judge you for how you look for study spots!
Second floor– This floor of Perkins has nothing going for it. Sure, it’s pretty much the ideal study spot if you want an emptier but semi-social atmosphere, perfect for Greek life squads or group projects, but as far as second floors go, the Gothic Reading Room of Rubenstein reigns supreme. Regal and well-decorated, it’s probably the most beautiful study space on campus. They say studying in a nice-looking area is supposed to help with focus and productivity, but I always end up getting distracted and lost in the wrinkles of all the paintings of the old white men there.
Third floor– I won’t lie, I’ve never actually been to the third floor.
Fourth floor– Fourth floor Perkins regulars got mad at people who coughed before it was cool. The absolute silence study area is great if you really need to focus in and write the last 12 pages of a term paper you’ve pushed off until the last three hours before it’s due at midnight.
Honorable Mention: The Edge Bostock is like Perkins’s weird, unpopular little brother, and The Edge is like The Link’s confused, misfit cousin. That being said, the project rooms are pretty great, but again pretty much always all occupied. There is no reason to ever step foot in The Edge.