When I think about places in Athens, there is only one that immediately comes to mind
It would be my office, which is located on the second floor of the Radio-Television Communications Building.
Since I don’t live within the city and commute several hours to be in Athens for just a couple days
a week, there isn’t a lot of time for exploring.
However, my office serves as a place of peace and quiet. It’s a refuge from the activities that occur throughout campus and the place I typically arrive before the sun rises and leave after it sets.
While it doesn’t seem like much, those four walls provide the solitude and space necessary. It’s the place where I prepare for the classes I teach, conduct research, and work with the two other graduate students with whom I share the office.
One of my office mates researches journalism history and the other studies fans of Dr. Who, which leads to some interesting conversations. It also results in an office that consists of a lot of books, some Dr. Who photos and a Tardis that was part of a Halloween costume.
The office certainly isn’t a palace. It’s messy, doesn’t have a view, and certainly isn’t in the best location. It does, however, have everything I need. We’ve got a refrigerator, a few computers, comfortable chairs, and most importantly a photo on my desk of my wife and daughter. These are the two people who serve as my motivation as I move forward towards receiving a doctorate.
My space isn’t always perfect. We had a water pipe burst above the ceiling in the first week of the fall semester, and the heat doesn’t always work in the way that it should.
But it’s a place where I can put on my headphones, concentrate and forget about the rest of the world.
Plus, I think we’re the only place on campus that has its own Tardis.