By Career Advising Fellow, Danielle Golinski
As I write this blog, I am currently on my way to visit my extended family in New Jersey for the Christmas holiday season (don’t worry I’m not driving). Yes, sometimes work goes with me wherever I go, even when I’m on vacation! Although I find myself constantly plugged in, I plug myself in at different locations and I switch things up on myself. Where will you find me tomorrow? Who knows, but read on and find out how my brain works!
One thing that I have learned about myself, starting this observation in college and continuing now into my fellowship, is that I have a hard time sitting still for extended periods of time. Why? Because I get easily bored and that little small distractions every now and again or a little stretch of the legs are my friends. My “tapping foot” effects me in my personal life in watching movies (personal note: I have a very difficult time sitting through movies even if it is a super interesting movie. I shift around in my seat every 10 minutes or so and by the end of the movie I am sometimes the first person to stand out of their seat and stretch!) and naturally rolls into the work environment. Now, I absolutely love having an office where I can keep my belongings and have a home base, but if I find myself with an extended period of time to catch up on emails or projects, you typically will not find me at my desk. Where will I go? Anywhere! I’ve been found in the classroom in the SPDC, in the student center surrounded by the buzz of students grabbing a coffee or meeting a friend for lunch, in the library (naturally sitting by a window for outdoor distraction) engulfed in the rhythm of typing and research, sitting on the outside patio watching tour groups pass and listening to the chimes of Alamance, or simply relocating to a different building on campus to explore and find a quiet corner to crack open my laptop and get a few things accomplished. But where would you find me quite commonly during the last week of fellowship while the students were finishing up finals and wrapping up their semester? The downtown coffee house!
Coffee is brand new to me, summer 2014 to be exact is when I started to explore the non-tea avenue simply because I needed a stronger punch. Although I still despise the smell of coffee, the taste has slowly grown on me as I continue to find a concoction that is palatable. It has opened a whole new, enjoyable world to me: the coffee house. It is peaceful, relaxing, offers a lot of people watching and distractions, and commonly plays productive type music. Call me cliche, but the first time I went to the campus coffee house, I instinctually Instragramed my adventure. I was proud! Coffee houses allow an opportunity to settle in, casually drink a latte (skinny!), and crank away at work. What surprises me the most? I surprisingly get a lot of work done! It offers the best of everything that I need. I feel motivated by the hum of those around me, accomplishing things either personally or professionally. It caters to all walks of life, busy business professionals, mothers and their babies, college students meeting up for a cup of joe after class, or those just looking for a change in pace and environment like myself. For now, it has become a little oasis and a unique culture that I am looking to learning more about. As I eagerly anticipate heading back to campus I look forward to my time in the coffee house and relaxing with the college town around me. But one thing that I’ve learned that even better than a seat in a coffee house? Grabbing a window seat in a coffee house!