I really love living and working on campus.
Two days ago I was walking to get the mail and passed 7 people I know. Yesterday I was walking to our apartment and two friends poked their head out their window to cheer for me. Random, sweet and made me feel so good. This morning, as I walked to my office a little before 8 am, I got to walk with all the students who have 8 am classes. I ended up walking with two friends, one who has an 8am class and one who just likes to get up early. Some day this week I went to the caf to eat breakfast and expected to get a to go box and eat in my office. Instead, right behind me walks in Phil Mullins, a senior and a friend of mine. Instead of breakfast alone in my office, I got to have breakfast with Phil. What a pleasure. I see people I know and care about all the time. I enjoy my friendships with the students, faculty and staff.
I love that my home is a 5 minute walk from my office. It helps when I forget something that I can stroll over, get it, and get back to work really quick.
I talk about wanting to live communally one day. I am doing it now in many ways. I live on a campus of about 1300 people. I have relationships with people older than me, my age, and younger than me. I have the ability to both be mentored by and to mentor others in the ecommunity. And that is what I feel like I have here, community. It fills a deep longing of the soul to be in community.
I am so lucky that I work here and live here. If it was just one or the other, it would still be great. But having both, its just a dream. I have a sweet thing going here. It might seem weird to some that I live on a college campus again, but I wouldn't have it any other way.