My New Best Friend: Stark Computer Lab

Let me tell you about a place where I spend LITERALLY half a day sometimes. Alright, so the longest I’ve done is nine hours, but that’s longer than I sleep, so it’s a lot.

This lab is a lovely place on my college campus that is filled with four rows of dual-monitor computers just waiting for me to use them. I like to use the one by the door, with the under-maintenance computers on either side, so I can stretch my stuff out as I work and not have to worry about people looking over my shoulder out of curiosity or boredom or whatever.

The room is air conditioned, but once again I have NO CONTROL over the temperature, so I’m always freezing. ALWAYS. I bring a coat with me whenever I study there, for one because of the temperature of the room, for another because it’s often late and FREEZING by the time I head back to my room, no matter how warm it is when I actually go to the lab.

There’s one girl, one of the people running our college’s paper, who is often there nearly as much as I am, albiet for shorter periods of time. One boy is there a lot on Monday and Wednesday evenings, working on his Economics homework. A friend of mine is usually there doing whatever it is he’s doing just after my classes get out, for an hour or two at most.

This lab is not just my best friend, but the best friend of plenty of people who regularly (even habitually) frequent it. Strange as it may seem, I think this is one of the places I will think back on with a twisted fondness when all is said and done and I’m actually somewhere other than Claremont.

Yup, I’m nuts.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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