I used to think that my medical school was just ghetto, with an entire courtyard separating the medical school from the hospital.
When it's raining or snowing, it's not cool to have to bundle up and walk or run between the two buildings. More than once, I've wondered why they haven't drilled an underground tunnel yet. (Yes, that sounded creepy to you, but remember that I went to a very prestigious research school in Baltimore for college. The hallmark of that place is underground, interconnected walkways to keep secret, emerging research shrouded from the general public. Don't kid yourself about these things.)
Today, as I left my isolated hole of habitation in the library, it occurred to me that perhaps this engineering design is purposeful.
By putting the Starbucks in the hospital, and separating the hospital from the medical school, we are forced to emerge from our cocoons of darkness to see the sunlight for at least five minutes a day. Ten, if there's a line at Starbucks.
So, thank you, medical school for making sure that I don't get Rickets. But, on days like today, I feel like the forced excursion is just an excuse for the sun to taunt me. A library design with more windows could have been equally effective, I think.