Friday, July 27, 2012

No More of New York

Unfortunately, today is our last day in New York. The past two days spent here has been phenomenal. We met up early in the morning to catch a train to Poughkeepsie, New York. This is when our day truly began.
Vassar College

Vassar College is a highly selective, liberal arts college. When I first arrived there, I immediately realized that this college had a really close knit community. The theater/performing arts here were amazing. It was also interesting to find out that the student body played a major role at the college. I can honestly say that this school is not my “type” because I'm looking for something more urban, but aside from that, this college is really nice. For those that enjoy a college with a strong sense of community, small classroom sizes, and personal attention, Vassar may be the one for you. After the information session, we met with Paola Gentry, our regional admissions officer and introduced ourselves. We exchanged few words and shortly after, went our way.
New York's Skyscrapers

Later, we caught the train to downtown New York. We visited Battery Park, Wall Street, and the 9/11 memorial site. Walking through the 9/11 memorial site was intense. I saw the Survivor Tree, the tree that embodies the hopes of millions of Americans. With this ray of light, we shall continue to grow as a nation and advance not only in our economy, politics, and technology, but advance as a society to where peace is attainable on a global scale. Okay, that was enough of my ranting.

Survivor Tree

Afterwards, we got back to the Empire Hotel and got ready for the dinner. For once, we didn’t have to rush like crazy to get to dinner. We actually had about two hours to get ready. How amazing is that? We took the substation to get to the restaurant, Gordon Ramsey, but later realized that it was easily within walking distance. At the dinner, we met several alumni and an admissions officer of Vassar College. They were all down to earth and eager to talk to us. They majored in areas like political science, business, economics, and theater and performing arts. It was nice that they weren’t interested in making us join Vassar but seemed to be more interested in helping us find the right college. This is the same for all the other colleges that we visited too. Everyone has been wonderful, helpful, and welcoming.

The dinner was delightful. The portions of food were small but plentiful. I was actually looking forward to this type of dinner since the previous meals I had were a bit heavy. I had an array of seafood that included: caviar, clams, crab meat, lobster meat, and halibut. The service was great and all of the waiters and waitresses were friendly. After the desert was finished, they brought complimentary chocolate truffles along with a selection of other teeth rotting delicacies. It sure hit the spot.

We bid farewells around 11 p.m. to the representatives of Vassar. It was a pleasure meeting them and having them over for dinner. My days spent in New York were certainly filled with fun things to do. Precious moments like these past days spent in the east coast are made to be reminisced upon in the future. I’m grateful for everything that the ILC has done for me.  We’re coming Yale!

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