Today’s warm weather feels like a relief – from the cold and from a question that has puzzled me since it got chilly this fall: where to work at Queens College?
Because my commute takes two hours, when I come out to QC I like to spend a little time on campus doing work – grading papers, preparing for class, reading for my own graduate courses. In the warm weather, my favorite place to set up shop is at one of the picnic tables by the cafeteria. It’s a quiet place unless it’s lunchtime. There’s fresh air and wifi. However, when it got chilly this past fall, I had to move indoors and I never really settled on a satisfactory workspace.
I hold office hours in our department seminar room or in a small office that is made available for me and other adjuncts to use. I am very appreciative of that space, and I suppose I could wrangle a group of adjuncts into redecorating it, making it cozier and brighter together. When I’m not holding office hours and want to plunk down with a set of papers to grade, I tend to find myself bouncing around: sometimes I find a place in the library (though my wifi doesn’t work terribly well on the quiet upper floors, and I don’t always want to tackle grading in what feels more like a student space). Other times I sit on a bench at the end of a quiet hallway in Powdermaker. I’ve tried different locations, but sometimes I set out for one spot and find it occupied, or my wifi won’t work, and I have to trudge around looking for another place.
I thought I’d pose the question here: Do you work on the QC campus? What are your favorite spots? I’m sure there are little dining areas and couches in corners that I’m missing, and though the weather is getting warmer and I’ll be back at my picnic bench, it would be great to have some new ideas in my pocket for a rainy day!