Tuesday, September 06, 2005

toto, i don't think we're in madison anymore

So, one thing that seemed like it was going to be an obvious (but tolerable) "downside" to this fellowship was that I was going to have to share an office. The person I'm going to be sharing an office with is both very likable and very smart, so my worry is more that I'll end up being a completely annoying officemate (especially giving how peripatetic I can be when working) than that I'm going to dislike sharing space with him. Still, you know, the idea that having your own office is better than sharing one is instilled pretty deeply in academia and elsewhere. But, as it turns out: my office turns out to be so completely splendid that thus far it feels like a step up from my Madison office regardless of my not having it to myself. I mean, look at these pictures from when I was moving in:





One of the other fellows noticed that I was working with my shades closed today and asked if my midwestern background made me averse to natural light in the office. Instead, it's that I'd been used to having an office window that looked out through this black grate* and didn't get much natural light, so it's not something I'm used to thinking about. I had the shades open the rest of the day.

Where is my office? Well, I'm a sociology Ph.D. doing a policy fellowship connected to public health and is funded by a foundation whose mandate keeps it relatively focused on the United States. So, of course: my office is in the Center for Government and International Studies. It's a brand new building, so new that there is still construction going on and far from everyone has moved in. (Indeed, so new I can't find a page for it to link to on the web.)

* Granted, I chose the grate view, to be closer to certain other things in the labyrinthine social science building in Madison. And, ultimately, I like my office there well enough, so I don't want to come across as unhappy at all about it.

14 comments:

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

Wow.

My office (which I share) doubles as a tornado shelter.

Also, sometimes when it rains, my advisor puts his bicycle in it. (Okay, that only happened once, but it makes a good story.)

jnsys said...

totally jealous... My office has three doors in it. While it is larger than my co-IT workers' offices, I have much less actual useable space. Your office ROCKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your officemate will surely have more on his mind than your habits. Glad to see the pictures and to read about the realties of Harvard and Cambridge as you now begin to experience them. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos!

jeremy said...

Anon 9:05am: Well, the problem I worry about is more that my habits have a way of intruding upon the other things people have on their mind, because I move around a lot while working.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally, but DO know Harvard. That you move around a lot doesn't really sound too, um— what? unique? Forget about it.
However, you WILL keep your own uniqueness, I'm pretty sure. And good there are chair rails (or whatever they're called) to keep you from rolling back through a window, as you seem ,quite charmingly, to loll back, judging from the welcome photos.
The people who meet you now do not know the 40 extra pounds you lost; For all we know, this is the one and only Jeremy. So be it.

Anonymous said...

I know, I know. Just enjoy the fellowship, ol' boy. Anon 9:05

Jay said...

I only know of a couple of offices (those beloning to certain professors who direct Centers and such) in the Social Science Bldg in Madison that even APPEAR to be as big your HALF of that office in Cambridge.

Anonymous said...

Those spread-eagle poses say 'look at me!'. But you seem to have more to share than that, So jet's hear it, please.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are great windows. But aren't you worried about being distracted by all the goings-on outside?

And might I add that you are looking positively svelte.

Eric

Anonymous said...

It;s only room, that office. A space —
Jeremy's in Cambridge. amongst his peers. What happens next?

Anonymous said...

Yeahhhh?!

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Officemate doesn't know you're newly svelte.
So what else is new in Cambridge?

Anonymous said...

coy