Today definitely exceeded my expectations. The morning started out like any other. We stopped for breakfast at the Aroma Espresso Bar just a couple minutes from our hotel. I had a turkey BLT sandwich with hot chocolate. After breakfast we headed over to the subway. I've never ridden the subway before, but it was a very interesting culture shock. When we arrived to Columbia University, we were a bit ahead of schedule which allowed to take in a little bit of the campus before the information session and tour.
During the information session, I noticed that there was a great diversity within the group of people in the information session. There was even a family from Turkey. I learned many things about Columbia and even other Ivy League Schools that I didn't know before. For example, I learned that Columbia was once called King's College but soon changed it's name after the Revolutionary war. I also became aware of the fact that they also have a core curriculum requirement; this gives students the opportunity to become well rounded and not so "boring" as our tour guide would have put it. Columbia has a very strong Study Abroad program that really peaked my interest particularly because it's very important for me to be able to see the world and experience other perspectives.
|Carson was modeling for us|
After lunch, there was some spare time to go sightseeing. We were able to see Time's Square. The atmosphere of this neighborhood was more different than the atmosphere of Columbia. To me, it was so much more crowded than anything I've ever been through. It felt as if time went faster in Time Square because people were constantly rushing to their destination. After Time Square, we also visited the 9/11 Memorial. Being there for the first time was a very humbling. It opened my eyes to the fact that 9/11 impacted so many people. The names inscribed on the parapets were more than just names; they were mothers, sons, and grandfathers. In other words, they were loved by someone.