Saturday, December 22, 2018

Life Lately: First Semester of Grad School in NYC Recap

Yesterday was a great day for me and a huge relief. Yes it's trueI survived my first semester of grad school! The last few months have been a whirlwind, but I can finally say that all of my first semester work is done and I've successfully completed the first step in achieving my master's degree in journalism.

I graduated from undergrad in May with a degree in Communications, specifically journalism and public relations, and in March I committed to a grad school in New York City to continue studying journalism. I've wanted to be a journalist since I was 15 and I chose to continue studying it in grad school to strengthen my skills and network more. That's really all it comes down to. When you're in college, you'll hear mixed reactions and feelings about pursuing another degree, especially right after completing undergrad like I did, but I do not regret my decision in the slightest. I've learned more in this semester than I did in my four years of undergrad and I'm so thankful for the skills I've improved or picked up from the knowledgeable professors or colleagues I work with. This semester was definitely trying at times because I basically spent all of my time reporting and working on assignments, got little sleep and had few opportunities to hang out with friends but, BUT, grad school will not last forever and I am improving myself every day in my program. 

Studying in New York City is a dream come true for me. I live in Connecticut so I grew up visiting New York City and wanting to write for a magazine so it's been my favorite place and dream location forever. After attending undergrad in the Hudson Valley, which is beautiful but boring at times, I knew it was time for a change. I also became very invested in fashion after my sophomore year of college and I wanted to somehow incorporate it into my future writing career. The grad school program I chose allows me to study journalism in my favorite city with a focus in fashion writing and I couldn't be happier. I had the opportunity to attend my first New York Fashion Week event in September as press and I can't wait to see what opportunities lay ahead for me next semester as I dive more into fashion with my new courses. I haven't had the chance to do any photoshoots while I'm in the city for school but I'll be working on this for sure!

Here are a few of the events I covered or places I visited during the semester!

SoHo and Little Italy 
All of the students in my program had to take a Craft of Journalism course during the first semester and each class was assigned a different borough to cover. My class had Manhattan and within Manhattan I covered SoHo and Little Italy. I absolutely fell in love with these communities! I met many different types of people and found hidden gem businesses beyond the high-end chain stores and Starbucks cafés. 

Housing Works Bookstore 
This bookstore is in SoHo, and I found it through my research in the beginning of the semester! I was originally going to go a story on the bookstore but ended up taking my article in a different direction but I still visited and it's amazing here. There are rows and rows of books, old records, cds, and comic books for purchase. I believe everything is second hand and the proceeds go to people suffering from Aids. 

No, I didn't attend the VMA's, but I was in Midtown on the day the show was filmed! It took place at Radio City Music Hall and my school is pretty close to there so my friends and I walked over there after our orientation activities for the day to watch them set up. We saw Blake Lively get out of her car and Winie Harlow taking photos! 

New York Fashion Week 
I attended my first New York Fashion Week back in September and it was incredible! This is an event I've always wanted to attend and to this day I'm still so shocked it happened. You can read about my experience linked here! 

Asian Art Week 
I attended Asian Art Week at Christie's in Rockefeller Center to cover an auction for one of my classes. I'd never been to an auction before this one and it was insane to see how much the pieces sold for! (thousands and thousands of dollars, to be exact). I even spotted a Chanel purse on display! 

Sugar Factory 
went to the Sugar Factory for the first time with my friends back in August and it was so much fun! We went to the Washington Street location, but there's also one in the Meatpacking District on the Upper West Side. The restaurant is so colorful and so is the menu! I got these yummy crepes for lunch, which is a little bit out of my element!

The Oculus at The World Trade Center
At the end of September, I covered a 9/11 remembrance day event at the Oculus. This was my first time visiting the Oculus, and it's incredible. I've been to the 9/11 memorial before, but this was my first time inside the Oculus, and although it's just a subway/train stop with retail stores and places to eatit's definitely a place worth visiting!

Nutella Café 
I covered the opening of the Nutella Café in Union Square for my Craft class and it was so cool. This café is the second one Nutella has besides the Chicago location except this one is solely dedicated to Nutella treats!

West Village 
West Village is my favorite community in Manhattan so far. I love how close it is to Midtown and Soho without being directly in either of them. This is my dream location to live in, and I'm absolutely obsessed with the apartments. How can you not be when they are this picturesque? Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations
No matter how many times I've seen the Christmas decorations over the years, they never get old to me. Now that I'm here basically everyday and go to school so close to Rockefeller Center, I had to come here for old time's sake and snap a few photos.

Thank you so much for reading this very long post! I hope to share more adventures with you all in the future and do some photoshoots of myself here too.

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