Study the final exams at these learning locations in DC – The GW Hatchet

With finals fast approaching, it can be all too easy to feel trapped amid the study pressures of Foggy Bottom, but take the time to traverse the fresh-spot-lined blocks of the DC subway area to discover the meet books.

The city that surrounds the campus offers numerous quiet, hidden locations perfect for peak productivity and breathtaking landmark views. Instead of hiding in your dorm for the next month, try one of these five remote learning locations spread across the district and its suburbs.

Library of Congress
For your first foray into the heart of the district, stroll into the heart of the district and study at the Library of Congress. Simply register for a Reader Identification Card with a government-issued ID at the Reader Registration Center in the Madison Building, and you’re good to go.

The Library of Congress’s large main reading room sits under a mammoth dome lined with marble columns that reach to the floor and contain 226 interconnected semi-circular wooden research tables that complete the space. From Egypt to Rome, a mural of 12 empires thought to have contributed most to human civilization stands in a circle around the dome that overlooks the reading room far below. Sixteen larger-than-life bronze statues of figures, including Plato and Michelangelo, representing thought and activity, encircle the space on an upper level.

The library has a number of reading rooms spread across the different buildings and themed by genre, with books tailored to each subject, including a print and photography room and a law library. If you have an ambitious research project at the end of the semester, you can book a three to four-hour research appointment in one of the library’s numerous collection-specific reading rooms. For the International Affairs major that focuses on Asia, visit the Asian Reading Room, and for those studying Theater and Dance, visit the Performing Arts Room.

101 Independence Avenue SE. Reading rooms are generally open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although specific times may vary.

Cafe du Park
Rather than let final exams get in the way of your DC activities, head to this early-morning French restaurant in the Federal Triangle for refreshing beverages, including coffee of all kinds. Enjoy an extensive brunch menu and sights of some of the most famous District sites like the Washington Monument and Pershing Park. The Brasserie offers an extensive menu for every meal – including a wide range of coffees such as the Italian-inspired iced espresso Crema Shakerato, espresso shots mixed with sugar and syrup to boost your learning.

The Cafe du Parc has an idyllic location where you can stay visually stimulated during your studies and enjoy the sights of DC while avoiding the middle of the busy tourist scene. Sitting at one of the restaurant’s many al fresco tables or inside its upscale interior, check out the fountains and statues of Pershing Park and the World War I Memorial across the street. As you begin reviewing your notes, refocus your attention to catch a few glimpses of the White House, Washington Monument, and US Capitol in the distance before returning to your area of ​​focus.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. Open Sunday and Monday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

La Coop coffee
Discover a cozy and secluded cafe on the outskirts of Manor Park. La Coop Coffee offers sweet, caffeinated beers imported directly from Union Cantnil, the owner’s hometown in Guatemala. But be careful not to stumble upon the modest building that looks like an apartment building – its signature cafe provides the ideal setting for you to rack up your papers inside.

The store’s exterior looks like a suburban home with a white picket fence, but inside the living room-sized space is filled with tables, sofas, and counters. Students can study in a quiet space while surrounded by white walls covered with shelf plants and pictures of the Guatemalan farmers who supply the store’s coffee.

If the interior of the store, which only seats about 10 people at a time, seems too noisy or cramped, the grassy backyard with picnic tables and a wooden porch offers plenty of seating in a quieter environment where students can retreat to campus and find one another you a cosy, homely environment.

5505 1st St. NW. Open from 7am to 4pm on weekdays and 8am to 3pm on weekends.

Potter’s house
Instead of spending days among the stacks of books and the dim neon lights of the Gelman Library, stroll over to this historic bookshop and bistro in Adams Morgan. Between its rustic wooden tables and bookshelves, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a mural of a candle casting rainbow rays of light above the entryway, this cafe gives you the chance to retreat to rows of bookshelves, free from the Gelman Library’s fluorescent lights.

Potter’s House offers indoor seating at tables throughout the store, as well as limited patio seating. Check out the menu for hot, caffeinated drinks under $5 and flavors like caramel, nut, and chocolate. Read about Native American culture or the feminist movement to delve into the store’s books, which specialize in topics like equality and justice—even if you graduate early, you won’t be short of stories on these shelves to have.

1658 Columbia Road NW. Open weekdays from 8:30am to 2:30pm and weekends from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Bayou Bakery
Take a day out of the neighborhood and visit this Southern-inspired, cozy Arlington cafe for a taste of New Orleans. Though vastly large, this cafe offers a tranquil setting with its specialty of New Orleans cuisine, heavily influenced by Cajun, Creole and soul food. An approximately 15-minute subway ride from campus to the Court House station is a two-minute walk to the hidden spot at the foot of Arlington’s skyscrapers. That bakery offers patio seating and symmetrical square tables and chairs to suit your study design preferences.

Bayou Bakery presents an extensive selection of baked goods, most notably their beignets ($3.75) — New Orleans-style donuts that are essentially deep-fried cubes of dough covered in powdered sugar. The pastries are the perfect treat when you need a sugar boost when studying is wearing you down.

1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia. Open 7am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 4pm on weekends.


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