They say everything moves faster in New York City. Maybe it's just that everyone else is just moving slower. It’s only been two weeks, but I feel like I’ve already been here for two months. Quite the native, you know ; ) After the initial giddiness of being surrounded by skyscrapers and taxis, exploring Central Park, and being reunited with some of my best friends, reality quickly set in. From figuring out the subway system (still figuring it out), to hailing my first taxi, the learning curve would have been especially daunting if it weren’t for my friends guiding me (thanks Miz, Khushbu, and Kait!).
The first week was a whirlwind. I started my internship at Teachers College, figured out where to go running (Riverside Park is lovely), finished editing my group’s practicum video, revamped my website, and volunteered at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Gala. Kait and I even managed to squeeze in a Yankees game.
I wasn’t kidding, things definitely move quickly here.
Then I had a visit from my friend Jake! We did just about every tourist-y thing you could imagine (Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Times Square, you name it), followed by a few things off the tourist trail (I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the High Line. Or Absolute Bagel). Aside from the copious amounts of tourism and exhaustion, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much as I did last weekend. By far, the coolest part of the weekend was watching three of my friends from three different parts of my life all become friends. Let the good times roll.
One of the things I did this week at my internship was read up a bit on the orientation experience of the graduate student; one thing I love about the Office of Student Activities at Teachers College is how much they consult literature prior to implementing new programs and practices. Since I’m working with a completely different student demographic, consulting work that has already been done to improve the graduate student transition was invaluable. This research has also been helpful in the planning process for our incoming cohort's orientation at FSU!
Last night I did dinner and a documentary with Khushbu. We went to this fantastic Indian restaurant in Curry HIll called Dhaba (I got Malai Kofta and a mango lassi of course). Then we saw the NY premiere of Salma, which was being screen as a part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Salma was a bit slow-moving, but it was truly an exposé of the human experience and the challenges women face all over the world. I really want to see Deep South on Monday.
Week two has gone by as quickly as week one, and thankfully I’ve found the time to write this as I take a train home to Connecticut for Father’s Day Weekend. Any gift ideas for dad?