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2017-05-14 13.15.16

Ode to the PUC Lab

It’s May 10th. Finals are in full swing, and there’s seemingly not a spot to be found in Brody or in the library. Enter the PUC Lab: a 6,000 sq. ft. space located in the Bloomberg Center, the headquarters of the physics department. All physics majors can sign up for access. And though the library may be packed all the way down to D-level, there are assuredly less than 30 people in the PUC Lab.

My workflow, as I’ve discussed previously, is heavily reliant on whiteboarding problems and concepts–be it a problem set, a Latin translation, or studying for a midterm, I need a whiteboard to get my thoughts down. Most of the time, I did all this in my dorm room. But by mid May, that mild exhaustion has set in, and it gets more and more difficult to concentrate when you’re sitting feet from your bed and the convincing allure of procrastination. In these times, there’s something about a classroom setting that refocuses one’s mind. And one-third of the PUC Lab is literally a classroom, so what better place to go?

Classroom Portion of the PUC Lab

Classroom Portion of the PUC Lab

Natural lighting, wall-to-wall whiteboards, ample table space, a lounge area upstairs–the PUC Lab has everything I need. And during that trying period of finals, it was a great way of staying focused on studying, whether I was by myself trying to memorize the relative clauses of LatinĀ or with my friends trying to comprehend the nonlinear analysis methods of differential equations.

view of loft lounge area

view of loft lounge area

some chemistry left on the whiteboards by some non-physics major heretic. to a physics major, chemistry in the puc lab is akin to sacrilege.

some chemistry left on the whiteboards by some heretic. to a physics major, chemistry in the puc lab is akin to sacrilege.

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