I spent the past couple of days at what is considered by many computer science academicians to be the Center of the Universe: UC Berkeley, and more specifically, Soda Hall, home of Computer Science at Berkeley. I was attending a workshop related to a project I’m involved with this summer.
Walking around a campus like Berkeley (or jogging around, as I was able to do earlier) makes me a little nostalgic for my days as a CS grad student. I was impressed that Soda Hall even has a volleyball court out back (besides Graduate InterVarsity Fellowship, volleyball was my other non-academic passion at University of Illinois). How cool it must be to finish up a day of research on a weekday afternoon and walk right outside to play v-ball with fellow students.
Anyway, I love visiting other college campuses, imagining what it’s like to be a student (or even a prof) there, visiting the campus bookstore (which I didn’t get to do on this trip), just breathing in a different academic atmosphere.
Coming home to a loving family is even nicer, though.