Well, I made it back to Boston safe and sound from the crazy city of New York. I was only there for a few days but I saw so much and fell in love with the place very quickly. I had to quickly accustom myself to the New York fast-paced working lifestyle with long days and very sore feet!
Bagels, Pizza and MoMA
My colleagues were kind enough to give me a food tour of NYC where I got to sample a bagel at H & H Bagels in the Upper West Side and for all you Sex and the City fans, that is where Carrie and Miranda get the “good bagels”.
They also took me to get a cupcake in the Upper East Side, a tour of the Chelsea Markets and finish off with a slice of New York pizza at Bleecker Street Pizza in Greenwich Village. They have won the award for best pizza in NYC for 3 years running and it is easy to see why. I have never had such an amazing slice of pizza, and judging by all the photos of celebrities on the wall it is also a popular spot for the rich and famous.
A tip for those on a budget is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has free entry on Friday evenings. It is a huge gallery with interesting exhibits and was really fascinating to see for myself the paintings that I had only ever seen in books or magazines.
I quickly had to learn how to navigate my way around Manhattan using the subway system as it is the easiest and cheapest method of getting around the city. I found it a little bit more difficult than using Boston’s “T” subway, but it is a lot quicker and I found there are plenty of people willing to help you out.
During my time here, I was able to tour different student residences in two different neighbourhoods in Manhattan where students potentially will be staying whilst undertaking their internship here. They are both in great locations and are successful in creating a community atmosphere for their students whilst they are in their home away from home.
The shops here are open much later than in Australia, so once my work was finished for the day I got to look around. Times Square, Midtown and SoHo are excellent for shopping and exploring and it was very easy to fall in love with an item of clothing that was well out of my price range. But there are plenty of other less expensive shopping options with great buys as well.
American Students vs Aussie Students
It was great to be able to meet with some students from Massachusetts and are midway through their internships here. Unlike Australian students, there are many US students who have never worked through high school, so an internship is their first experience in a professional work environment.
This, coupled with interning in a big city like Manhattan is a huge learning curve and life experience and these students have really grown from that. It just shows how interning abroad can assist not only in your career and tertiary development but also in your development as a person as well.
For all you Flinders University students, this program is going to be offered in New York City in January 2012. If this is something of interest to you, start thinking about it and keep your ear out; we will be presenting further details to students in the next couple of months.