In my five
short years as a Georgia Tech undergraduate, I’ve witnessed quite a few physical (and interior!) changes to the institution, and with very few exceptions I’ve been extremely pleased with the results.
Today’s case in point: The Library.
My choice of an on-campus location to set up camp and get some serious work accomplished has always been the second floor of Barnes & Noble in Tech Square. It’s vibrant, it’s invigorating, there’s a coffee shop one floor away, and somehow it’s also very relaxing and conducive to focused work.
I’ve avoided the Library except for when I needed to print notes because, to be perfectly blunt, it was depressing. Drab colors, faded walls, flickering yellow lights…I’m sure it’s an encouraging study environment to someone out there (as evidenced by the continued presence of students within its confines), but seriously. As if I wasn’t stressed out enough with my course load, I certainly wasn’t going to spend [seemingly] endless hours cooped up in a prison cell.
So I really haven’t explored the Library with any sort of interest for the last four years. I’ve entered very occasionally to, as I mentioned before, print something. This was how I caught wind of a renovation project in the Library. I thought it was interesting but didn’t pay much attention; after all, I had my study spot at Tech Square right outside StarShmucks and wasn’t budging.
Another caramel frappuccino and lemon pound cake, if you please.
Enter Spring ’08. I’m on a project team, slated to give a presentation on…giving presentations (no joke). We needed to meet and tie up all the loose ends. The leader suggested the Library.
Cue inward *groan*. But I agreed.
But instead of the depressing, drab and dull delirium I’m expecting, I am instead greeted with this:
Am I in
Valhalla Tech Square?
Needless to say, with a Philosophy paper on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, a Combinatorics assignment, and corrections for an Advanced Operating Systems midterm all due within the next 24 hours (to say nothing of baseball practice, four classes, and a fraternity meeting to attend in between…oh and some sleep would be nice), I have taken up residence in this lovely abode, light years closer to my own living quarters and, furthermore, flush with chocolate-flavored caffeine!
And MUFFINS! For srs!