A fun, personal look back on the TC/CU experience this fall!
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‘In a New York Minute/Everything can change/In a New York Minute/Things can get pretty strange’ (The Eagles, 1989). My past few weeks can definitely be summed up as such! I bunkered down for my first hurricane, witnessed a historical moment live from NBC’s Democracy Plaza when President Obama was re-elected, experienced the first snow of the season and celebrated my first Thanksgiving! We all know that the lessons we learn outside the classroom are equally as (if not more) important as the ones we learn inside. Being a student in NYC, it is easy to achieve that balance and make the most of your graduate school life. In the short space of three months, I have already had so many amazing experiences within the hallways of TC and the broader Columbia campus! To name a few:
- I have attended lectures by guest speakers from across the US and abroad, in areas ranging from social work and health psychology to trauma research and educational policy. The range of academic events that are posted on the bulletin boards across campus never fails to astound me! Some professors also offer extra credit for these lectures, which is an added bonus!
- I have joined the TC Dinner Group, which hosts weekly Friday night dinners for foodies at various venues across the city.
- I have participated in the Mental Health Outreach Program run by The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services. I volunteered to talk to students and administer questionnaires for National Depression Screening Day in October, and hope to continue this with National Eating Disorders Screening Day and National Alcohol Screening Day during the Spring semester.
- I get my weekly dose of endorphins in the free exercise classes (such as kickboxing and PiYo) run by students in Whittier Café.
- I have recently joined the Advertising Committee for TEDx TC. We are planning a conference in April 2013 and there is a lot to do!
- I have attended events organized by the Student Senate, including a book giveaway and a Halloween Massacre where students could carve pumpkins and play Pin the Wart on the Witch! These are a great way to meet new people, and there is always free food and drinks (very important when you are trying to get by on a student budget!)!
- And, of course, I am blogging for the Office of Admission!
- Cruising down the Hudson River.
- Listening to live jazz music and Broadway hits at the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club and Marie’s Crisis Café in the West Village.
- Running through Central Park.
- Bar hopping in the Lower East Side (including a cocktail bar hidden behind a pawnshop!).
- Being part of the audience of the David Letterman show (yes, I was really lucky and won tickets in the online ballot!).
- Walking the High Line Park.
- Sampling culinary delights at Eataly and Chelsea Market.
- Visiting the New York Botanical Garden.
- Listening to Nobel Prize winners speak at 92Y.
- Going to an NFL and NBA game.
- Watching the tree lighting in Bryant Park.