Monday, September 24, 2012

Fun in the Sun

Last weekend (September 15th), Andrey came to visit me in New York! We had such an awesome Saturday - it was gorgeous, high seventies, sunny and breezy. We spent most of the day wandering through Central Park, eventually stopping and spending half the day in Sheep's Meadow (logically, we did handstands for a few hours instead of homework). Unfortunately Manhattan has become quite chilly since - I'm already wearing scarves!


Then we headed over to Ruby Foo's and had a ridiculously delicious dinner! (Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!)
(Sorry for the crappy quality, this picture was taken with A's phone)

Up next: this very fun past weekend :-)

Monday, September 17, 2012


Hi all! Here is the requested post about my classes...

First of all, because I declared my major when I applied and my program is essentially a five-year program condensed into four years, I don't have much wiggle room when it comes to choosing classes. Nonetheless, I am enjoying most of my classes so far!

Classes I am taking this semester:
1. Writing the Essay. Every freshman has to take it, regardless of major. My professor is cool and there are no tests, so I can't complain.
2. Texts & Ideas: Antiquity and the 19th Century. I think I'd rather take Latin than this class. It's pretty damn awful, mostly because my professor is  (insert your favorite bad adjective here) . Luckily I don't have to take any classes like this one in the future!
3. Quantitative Reasoning: Probability, Statistics, and Decision Making. I feel like I'm probably cheating for taking this because I got an A+ in Statistics senior year, but it's nice to be ahead in math for once! My professor is also hilarious, which helps :-)
4. American Sign Language 1. This is probably the best class I've ever taken. Sign language is just fascinating, and hopefully I will become semi- or fully fluent in it by graduation. The coolest part? My professor insists on absolutely no spoken words in any class, and only occasionally resorts to writing on the board; I still haven't heard his voice or any of my classmates' voices!
I think the best thing is that math and sign language were the two classes I was most worried about (because of my bad experiences with math teachers and upperclassmen warnings about my ASL professor, respectively), and they are so far my two favorites! Guess I judged too soon :-)
The following are seminars (meaning they are once per week or every other week, but still have homework and projects):
5. New Student Seminar. This seminar helps freshman acclimate to life in New York City, and familiarizes us with NYU resources. Something nice about it is that my group consists only of other T&L (Teaching & Learning) freshmen, so I can get to know other people in my program, and is taught by a former NYPS teacher.
6. Steinhardt Scholars Seminar. This seminar is for those of us in Steinhardt (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) who are on significant merit-based scholarships as part of the Steinhardt Honors Program; our topic is the stereotype versus reality of the American Dream. Although there's quite a bit of reading and a few large projects, during spring break, we will travel to another country! In the past the group has gone to Greece, Ghana, Mexico, etc.!
7. Field Observations. Because my program lets me graduate with a BA and teaching certification, I have to complete two semesters of student teaching; before I can start student teaching, I have to do a minimum of 100 hours of observations. This includes workshops about teaching (I attended a great one last Friday about how preschoolers learn through play), visits to public schools in a variety of boroughs, and trips to other educational programs such as the famous Rosie's Theater Kids. It's probably my favorite part of the school week so far!

On top of my classes, I have an unpaid (but very cool) internship with a nation-wide study about child development in Head Start and Early Head Start programs (Michelle is working on this study in Colorado as well!); I am also in the process of finding a paying job. So far, I definitely prefer fewer class hours to more homework hours as well; I don't know how much sleep I'll get this year, but I'm used to having a lack of that by now, aren't I? ;)

Lastly - please comment and let me know what you'd like to know about!

And just for fun, a picture of our suite door, drawn by my roommate:


Monday, September 10, 2012

Highlights of this past week or so...

Seeing this sidewalk reminder en route to class every morning...

Enjoying the Chelsea Piers last Thursday...

Managing to do a front handspring and a back handspring at gymnastics! I still need to be spotted, but it was very exciting nonetheless...

 Relaxing by the Washington Square Park fountain...

Getting much-needed new gym shoes (on sale, no less!) on Saturday...

Enjoying the sunny sky this morning after a week of rain. (Also, note the trees on top of the building on the right - the number of green roofs in Manhattan is wonderful!)

 Happy Monday! (If there is such a thing)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First day of classes...

Today was my first day of class! Nothing especially fascinating to report, however I did have these ... interesting experiences:
-One professor who had the nerve to say "you guys will just have to spend a little more money" - on eleven books for the single class, mind you - "to get new copies because I don't tolerate used ones."
-An excellent first Sign Language class in which there was no verbal speech by anyone whatsoever. It. Was. Fabulous.

On a random note, here are some pictures I've collected over the week:

 Movie night on the floor with my roomie...

A bajillion or so clubs at NYU Club Fest (I signed up for Quidditch tryouts, of course!)...

Some more rooftop lights...

The lovely walk to gymnastics on the Chelsea Piers...

An urban flower sprouting from the sidewalk...

 And today's rainy view of Washington Square from the dining hall at dinner:

Cheers! :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Coney Island

Today, for the first time ever, I visited Coney Island! I went with my lovely roomie Makenna and a friend we made waiting for the subway. The sky looked a bit overcast so we were worried about rain, but it just stayed pleasantly warm and dry all day! Despite it being a Sunday afternoon, we didn't have to wait for more than a few minutes for any ride! A few pictures...

View from the train:

An excellent ride:

Had so much fun on these swings!

Saw some great sidewalk art on our way back:

We're already planning to go when they have special Halloween rides! :-)