Here is a great post on becoming an academic.
The graduate student diaspora is in full swing; on Friday the students who sit upstairs in our building were told to move because construction in their area was to begin this week. While a few student spaces will remain up there, they will be reconfigured. Some students have been relocated to other spaces, others are working at home for various reasons (ie, Mr. Kindhearted and his wife have very, very young twins), and some are just hanging out in conference rooms. I'm pretty lucky to actually have an office space at this point, although it's not going to last. This space is reverting to something else fall semester, and both me and the Real Employees who sit here will have to move.