Well, it's not the very best lab slot, but Naima doesn't really care. She's pretty far ahead in Mal Studies, thank God, so she spent most of the last two hours reading through her Materia Medica without trying to memorize, and now she has at least a vague idea of some of the ingredients that she's probably going to want eventually, assuming that Avicenna is actually right about anything and that she isn't being put through this for no reason.
She's sort of vaguely hoping that people rifle through the alchemy components and take out the valuable stuff less than they take the valuable stuff out of the artificing cabinets, on the grounds that it's a little harder to know which things are valuable for alchemy, maybe (although maybe she's kidding herself and that's another thing all the more prepared kids have been learning since they were four). The other concern is that a fair number of Avicenna's components are also foods, and she suspects that she's not going to come by those very frequently, and even if she did, she's not entirely sure they would be more useful as alchemical creations than as, you know, food.
Anyway. Naima is here, and she's ready to learn, and she's ready to excel, although the excelling might take some time because she's kind of never encountered, uh, any of this before.