This bookcase is too tiny! How am I going to finish my DPhil with such a tiny bookcase? If I am not careful, I could be trapped in the tiny bookcase, because it is so tiny.
This is only one of the many irritations I have with my new Oxford environment and I will not recount them all here. They would appear, to most readers, as very superficial and insignificant. But, keep in mind two important things 1- I am a 39 year-old, married, male, home owning, introvert and that sort of person has a very well defined knowledge of what works and does not work for them and 2- My particular cognitive assembly does best in long-term, stable, and familiar surroundings through routine. Disruption, novelty, and noise, things that would easily go unnoticed by many, stand out to me like vast, awkward… standing-out-awkwardly-things. See! It messes with the brains!
And, I hate sharing a bathroom with strangers.
But this bookcase. What the hell! I have about 5 times more books and binders than this thing can hold and I am not exactly in a position to go and buy (late alone transport) furniture here. Unless things change (and I intend to change them, if possible) I will be working out of boxes for the entire academic year.