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City Life

Although I love my college, I essentially live in a cow field. For my fall break I took a very long bus ride to New York City to visit my best friend Hannah. I didn’t even realize how much I missed city life until I got here. Forget the shopping and the abundance of varieties of coffee shops (which I don’t mind at all) I miss the energy and hustle and bustle of people, the ability to meet random strangers who aren’t fellow college students, and the immersion of one’s self into a sea of complete strangers. Growing up in Boston I feed off of this energy. While I adore Wooster, it is seriously lacking in almost all of these qualities. So what have we been doing for the past three days? Hmm… let’s recap.

Coffee at The Bean: If I lived here, this would be my go to coffee place (and it already is Hannah’s). The atmosphere is terrific and lends itself perfectly to getting work done. It’s small enough that we ended up having a lengthy conversation with the guys sitting next to us, but not so tiny as to necessitate eaves dropping on your neighbors (although it’s always a fun thing to do). My personal favorite? The Dirty Chai: a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t live here… who knows how many of these I would consume a day…

Insomnia Cookies: It’s one am in New York City on a Sunday. You go to try to see Rocky Horror Picture Show but the guy at the box office lied to you and it’s actually not showing. What do you do? Obviously you get cookies.

Hipsters: We’re in New York. Hannah goes to NYU. They’re unavoidable.

Shopping: Okay, so I lied when I said I didn’t really miss shopping. I’m a fiend for sales, and I had the best time rifling through sale racks and poking through street vendors for the past few days. I did have to make up for the past three months of the only store being Kohl’s…

The Strand: I have never been in this bookstore before this trip but it is a reader’s heaven. I’m sure many of you have been to this glorious place, but I’m pretty sure it’s an English major’s mecca. Hannah bought be a shirt with The Great Gatsby on it and I will probably wear it every single day of my life.

Sequins and Sushi: If you add in leopard print, this statement kind of defines my life. We headed out to a Japanese restaurant, and had some delicious food while fabulously dress (my skirt may or may not have been entirely covered in silver sequins…). Despite the fact that my toes hurt the entire night following, it was such a great way to spend a Saturday night catching up with my best friend!

Even though I love New York, I do love having a campus, but there are positives and negatives of every college campus. I wish I lived closer to a city, but I will always be able to take the bus to visit Hannah or scoot into Boston during my breaks at home. While I have not quite exhausted my desire to be in a city for now, it was an incredible break from the fields of Wooster. I can’t wait to get home to Boston to walk around Newbury with complete strangers, sit on a park bench in the common and people watch and sit in coffee shops around the city with my laptop switching between Facebook and a paper. I will always be a city girl, and although I love my college I can’t wait to move back into a city environment.


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