Monday, September 17, 2012
Touring the Town
On Saturday, I met with a friend from college who is now back in Connecticut for a PhD program. He'd never seen New Haven so we spent the day walking around the city as I did my best not to sound like a tour guide.
I've worked in downtown New Haven for over seven years but I almost never walk around the Yale campus anymore. When I first started my job, I used to take walks during my lunch hour but found that I loved reading in the courtyards so much that I could barely get myself back to the office for an afternoon of work. This weekend, the weather was just perfect. It was almost like we were undergraduates again, blending in with the groups on the sidewalks, talking about television and museums. It was the kind of easy day that made my friend and I declare that we want to be professional college students and just live on a campus forever.
For me, the best thing about working on a college campus is that things are always happening. The lectures and speakers and concerts are open to the public and if you really want to take advantage, you can attend an event every night and learn something new daily. I loved being in school and attending classes. I even loved writing papers, at least most of the time, and in a way, I think that being a student is the only thing at which I ever really excelled. But if I can't perpetually be enrolled in graduate programs, working at a university is certainly an acceptable compromise, especially one with so much history. xo
Photo of Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University