Friday, August 31, 2007

I’m Made for This

I feel obliged to let the world know what is going on in my life. However, the time that it would take me to elaborate on the amazing adventures of orientation week in New York City would simply be a waste of my time left of orientation week in New York City. Hence, I feel the need to be extremely brief and general in my descriptions. Since arriving in the city I have:


  • Not had a night earlier than 2 AM
  • Not had a morning later than 9:30 AM (and usually it is before 8)
  • Gone running every day in Riverside park, Central Park, and the tiny indoor Dodge Fitness Center track
  • Been grocery shopping 18 blocks from my dorm room, then had to lug heavy bags all the way back
  • Attended a party exclusively for CU class of 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new Greek and Roman collection (free)
  • Attended a party exclusively for CU class of 2011 on Ellis Island (free)
  • Spent 10 hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium watching the likes of Andy Roddick, the Bryan twins, Maria Sharapova, and an epic James Blake match, all while sitting comfortably in the corporate suite of SFX Media, who represent both Roddick and the Bryan twins. (free)
  • Walked through Chinatown and Little Italy, having dinner at a fancy, guidebook suggested restaurant with Pierre while enjoying excellent conversation and company
  • Been recruited for the CU cycling team
  • Registered for classes including Literature Humanities, University Writing, French I, From the Congress of Vienna to The United Nations: Ideas of International Order since 1815, and American Foreign Policy
  • Attended my first college lecture, along with my entire Columbia College class of around 800
  • Made friends with dozens of people with accomplishments that blow my mind
  • Become friends with people who actually do crew
  • Not met any water polo players
  • Learned the school fight song, and pledged to attend at least one football game
  • Watched a Yankee-Red Sox game in a room with several actual Yankee and Red Sox fans
  • Discussed what I wanted to do with my life, and been encouraged to be even more open-minded and cosmopolitan than I already am
  • Lived without purchasing a cup of coffee once
  • Become an expert at finding events with free food (and therefore have avoided using any of my dining dollars just yet)
  • Registered for a New York Public Library Card (the largest public library collection in the world!)
  • Done laundry
  • Gone to many required orientation activities
  • Skipped many required orientation activities in favor of exploring New York City
  • Given directions on the subway without looking at a map
  • Spent more time talking to real people than on facebook
  • Been on the 20th floor in a crowded dorm room when the fire alarm went off
  • Climbed up to my 12th floor (really, 13 since there is a mezzanine level) dorm room any time the elevator is more than 4 floors away, or there is more than 3 people in line for it.. This ends up being most of the time, and at least 3 times a day.
  • Learned to take the service elevator when I really want to take the elevator


Overall, it has been a good week, and still continues…stay tuned!

1 comment:

Roscel said...

nice! im happy you are doing great