It made me think about the past five years or so, and how much actual time I’ve spent on campuses of one sort or another. The result kind of confirmed the way I already looked at myself: I really am a campus-dweller.
A short summary. Over the past five years, beginning in August 2001, I have lived on four campuses, each for a period of at least three months. In total I spent 31 of the last 63 months living on a campus. That is actually almost half of the time. The other parts I was either home on a break, travelling, or living at home working to earn money to travel. Last year also I lived off campus in Leamington.
I actually quite like the idea of campuses and their atmosphere. Campuses (especially in autumn) have this nice intimacy and little-villageness of pleasant academia. On the other hand, one problem I have always encountered is the fact that it remains difficult to separate studies from private things, which works for the worse both ways. And, because campuses in some way are always slightly closed off, they make you go crazy.
I am happy to go off campus for the rest of this academic year. But next year I will once again, and happily, inhabit Warwick campus.