My job recently moved me from one campus to another in the opposite direction from my house (although roughly equidistant, just a couple of miles closer). My initial reaction to change is often a snap of resistance, but for this move, as soon as I was told, I was like, "All right! Awesome, I'm on board."
My second thought was, "Oh no, Trader Joe's!"
See, my old location was nearly right next to the only Trader Joe's in our immediate area. It was ideal and convenient; I could always just pop in to pick things up for dinner or really good produce for the week. The hubby loves their tea and their "Just the Clusters" cereal.
Now? Now I'm in the middle of a shopping wasteland. There is nothing nearby enough to be convenient.
But that truly is one of the only two significant downsides to this move. The other is that I miss my coworkers from the other location. There are really great people there who I honestly looked forward to seeing every day. How often can you say that about a job? If you can, consider yourself lucky.
But it's not that there aren't good people at the new location. There are - it's just such a different setup so I don't actually get to see them. My old location was small - one building. You saw everyone, all day. Now I'm on more of a traditional campus with more buildings and people spread out all over. It's going to take a lot more effort here to connect with people and build relationships, but that said, I'm up for the challenge.
One thing that's different but cool is that I simply get to move around a lot more. To get to the ladies' room, I have to go downstairs and to the other side of the building (this is how my phone took a tumble on Wednesday). To get coffee or use a microwave, I have to go to another building. To visit classes and talk to them about the tutoring center, I have to go to different buildings. Every day, I have reason to get up and move a bunch of times - something I didn't have before. I like it (especially since it's not winter so going outside doesn't require a coat).
Another change is that I have an office here. Because the space here is so much bigger, there are a few computer labs and several offices, of which I am occupying one. It's just... nice. Nice to have a little breathing room and mental space to concentrate on the various projects I have to do now as a part of my job.
I may not be at this location for more than a few months (it's unclear if I'm staying here or moving back) but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. Now if only they could build a Trader Joe's on campus...