Unusual places to study

by Rebecca Fiore / Beacon Staff • October 3, 2014

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
 
Sometimes it’s good to be able to get out of the city for a little bit. Even though Emerson students have the luxury of being able to walk right to the Public Gardens or Boston Common anytime they want doesn’t mean it doesn’t get boring. For some nature and a good place to do homework, why not? The Harvard University-owned botanical garden is home to over 15,000 plants from all over the world! Just travel outside your comfort zone and down the Orange Line for the chance to emerge yourself in a book or some leaves.
 
Arnold Arboretum via Wikimedia Commons
 
 
Christian Science Center Reflection Pool
 
If you still want that city vibe, but also want to be able to sit in some grass, all you need to do is venture on the E Line. Located right between the Symphony and Prudential Center stops is a small lawn, a long shallow pool, and a beautifully detailed church. You can get your stats homework done and ponder on why it is you're taking a math class at Emerson. Or you can just pull a Narcissus and fall in love with your own reflection.
 
 
Christian Science Center Reflection Pool via Wikimedia Commons
 
Marriott's Custom House
 
For the low price of $7, you can go all the way up to the top of Boston’s tallest and only outdoor lookout. You can get yourself a drink and spread your books on a table all while soaking in the cityscape. At this special spot right next to Faneuil Hall, you can look at the small people of Boston shopping at Quincy Market and chowing down on some chowder. Warning: not for the faint-hearted!
 
Marriott's Custom House via Wikimedia Commons
 

Forest Hills Cemetery
 
If you love flowers but hate people, maybe Boston’s premier garden cemetery is just for you! If the library is getting a little bit dull, but you still need a nice quiet area to concentrate, this could be your new secret space. I mean, no one will ask you for a pen here.
 
Forest Hills Cemetery via kariek via Flickr (Creative Commons) 
 
Lucy Parsons Center
 
Lucy Parsons was a radical socialist and anarchist communist in the 1920s, who also founded this bookstore/community center in Jamaica Plain. I didn’t realize that anarchists could have centers either, but they do—and this one has been around for 45 years. A collectively run, radical bookstore can be the best place to get your communications, politics, and law work done.
 
Lucy Parsons Center via Wikimedia Commons