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9:45 a.m.

Samantha Arnold ’18, Reeve Lanigan ’19, and Noelle Buckley ’18 are having their usual—at their usual spot. Meeting here, at a cozy back table at Cosmic Cup, is the trio’s weekday ritual. Arnold and Buckley have an apartment above the popular coffee shop. Lanigan lives on the other side of campus. But good coffee and good conversation make the trek worth it, she says, even in the pouring rain.

All three discovered the shop as first-year students and became regulars. “The coffee here is amazing,” says Lanigan, a double major in government & law and women’s and gender studies. “And you always run into people here. This is probably the place you are more likely to see a professor, besides class. It’s nice to see them and chat with them here—it’s a different vibe.”

Mondays are for catching up after the weekend and mapping out schedules for the week ahead. Hall and Oates and other ’80s hits of a different generation provide the soundtrack as the women sip warm lattes and cappuccinos.

“The music here and the whole environment is chill,” says Arnold, also a double major in government & law and women’s and gender studies. “I like that I can come here to unwind. If I’m feeling stressed out, I find I can get more work done here because I feel more relaxed here.”

And that’s why they’ll be back.

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