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Sniffy sandwich-eating girl (and the other joys of communal work spaces)

Hi there – Meredith here.

Yep, as per usual, I’m at the library. I was here this morning, and then took a lunch break where I met a friend for coffee (you want inspiring, friends: she is doing her PhD part-time while working a full-time job, and I think she’s still more-or-less keeping pace with many people I know who are doing their degrees at full tilt! Mind you, she is a awe-inspiring master of time-management…).

One of the reasons I was grateful to get out of here this morning was that a young woman had plunked herself down at the desk across from me. Though she made a vague attempt to unpack her books in respectful silence, she seemed oblivious to the fact that the whole time she was doing it, she was SNIFFING like a mad woman. All I could hear was SNIFF, SNIFF, SNIFF, at variable intervals. I really really wished I had a small packet of kleenex on me so that I could offer her one. But alas. Instead, I packed up my stuff and hit the road.

But I came back after lunch. And guess who just made her return?

That’s right: SNIFFFFFFFFFFFF. Only this time, she brought a sandwich. So now, in the silence, we’ve got SNIFF… chew, chew, chew… SNIFF!

The poor girl probably has a cold, but there’s still not good reason for making that many bodily noises in an otherwise very quiet room! I’ve had to pull out the pink noise just to keep myself from saying something rude (instead, I’ll say it online! wheee!).

These, my friends, are the joys of working in communal spaces. Some days I find it easy to drown out the annoying stuff the people around me are doing. Some days it’s harder. The girl next to me is eating wafers and chocolate kisses (rustle, rustle, rustle) and her friend is eating carrots. Sniffy sandwich girl (sandwich gone, at least) is across from them, still badly in need of a kleenex. I’ve got my headphones firmly stuck in my ears (but I’m going to unscrew the lid from my metal water bottle and take a drink: GLUG, GLUG, GLUG.)

Nothing too exciting to report right now: just plugging away on work of various descriptions. Oh- but if you’re looking for something to amuse yourself with this evening, may I suggest a puppet show? (Who doesn’t love puppets! Come support your fellow students!).

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

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