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A Dash of Heather: Finals Edition

The week of finals will show you just how many people actually go to Emmanuel. Every corner, crevice, and couch will be taken in the Jean Yawkey Center, the Administration building and of course, the Cardinal Cushing Library. The only way to get a spot on campus is to reserve a room or stare someone down until they grow uncomfortable enough to let you nab their seat at those coveted upstairs tables in the library.

So to save you a little delirium that the caffeine and stress probably already has on you, The Hub has created a list of off-campus alternatives:

Boston Public Library — Still interested in that quiet and cost-free library vibe? Look no further than the Boston Public Library. If you chose a school in the city and have still not checked out this glorious and historical institution, then you are missing out. There’s a variety of atmospheres to choose–from the outside atrium (though maybe not in this weather) to hiding in shelves of books to the recently added Newsfeed Cafe. They have everything you need–WiFi, caffeine options, technology, and endless aisles of books and history.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe — In the writer’s opinion, this is one of the best places to study. From endless coffee to a large menu (with breakfast all day), this is the perfect place to pull out your laptop and get typing on that 10-page paper you have yet to start. It may be crowded on the weekends, but Trident is great for Reading Day and weeknights when you forget to feed yourself. They’re open until midnight with free WiFi too.

#tbt just found this #bestofboston award from ’94! Are we that old?

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Ziggy’s Coffee Bar — Coffee and espresso-driven kids, this is your place. Try the nitro cold brew, which–for those who don’t know exactly what that means–it’s essentially coffee on draft. Let that idea sink in.

Clover Food Lab — The new location in the Longwood Medical area, aside from the lunch rush, always has plenty of space to spread out and do your work. Whether you are all about organic food or just need something fast, Clover is a can’t-miss destination for pure deliciousness. Are you looking for a place to pull an all-nighter? Check out the 24-hour location in Central Square.

CloverHSQ has a stocked retail fridge! Skip the line and grab your dinner to go.

A photo posted by Clover Food Lab (@cloverfoodlab_boston) on

Bruegger’s Bagels — This writer is a die-hard bagel lover, and Bruegger’s–though a chain–satisfies that constant fresh-dough-smattered-with-cream-cheese craving. With free WiFi and plenty of coffee and sandwich options, Bruegger’s has locations all over the city. The closest to Emmanuel, though, would be the Longwood Medical area and the Kenmore Square locations.

Thinking Cup — Serving endless varieties of Stumptown Coffee, you’ll be flying through assignments within a few sips. Locations include Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Hanover Street in the North End. Take your pick, as you won’t be disappointed.

Neighborhoods Cafe — Located right on Peterborough Street, this is a favourite and frequent spot for Emmanuel students to work, as well as, socialize at. Not sure about you, but this writer runs on George Howell coffee and crepes during finals week. The Spanish latte and London Fog are two options one simply cannot get through college without experiencing at least once.

If all else fails, stay on campus. Just don’t say you weren’t warned to check out a place a little less crowded. Most importantly, don’t forget to feed yourself during finals week. Take care of yourself. Drink water. Go for a walk every once in a while. Breathe. It’ll all be over soon.

Feel free to share your own final exam week tips and tricks in the comments.

Heather Alterisio ’17 is the Executive Managing Editor and a Staff Writer for the Hub.  A Dash of Heather is a monthly food column that aims to bring awareness to cheap, local, and delicious hole-in-the-wall eateries. This is a special edition for Finals Week, and places to study.

What would you like to see featured in the next food column? What restaurants or spots in the city are a can’t-miss in your opinion? Place suggestions in the comments, email me at, or tweet @HeathAlt.

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