Homeward Bound: Getting Ready for Spring Break

Hello, blogosphere 🙂

I wanted to introduce you to a couple of new websites before I branch out and tell you about my upcoming trip.

First of all, don’t forget to keep checking culinaryadventureswithkatie.com for updated information about my sister’s experiences in the Culinary Arts program at Schoolcraft in Michigan.

Second of all, it seems the idea of blogging is spreading. A co-worker and friend of mine, Kirby Pate, has started his own blog, called The Kirby T. You can check it out by clicking here.

I also want to formally extend my sincerest apologies for failing to make “Recap” videos the past two weeks. I’ve had a hectic month so far, and I imagine the rest of the school year will follow in much the same fashion.

That being said, I apologize for interrupting your scheduled programming, and we’ll get back to the point of this post: My first trip home for the spring semester.

Assuming I survive two midterms, seven class periods, and fourteen hours of work, I will be on a Greyhound on Wednesday night heading back toward the mitten. I’ll be there for about a week and a half, which will hopefully give me just enough time to do everything and see everyone that I need to.

As an out-of-state college student, visiting home is bittersweet. While I get to enjoy a mostly bearable, semi-relaxing bus ride and I get to see my family, friends, and boyfriend, I also have to find a way to fairly split my time between them and then, in the end, I inevitably have to leave them again.

While I feel better and more comfortable in Manhattan this semester, I’m really looking forward to summer vacation and not worrying about classes 24/7. Academically, I’m doing much better. Socially, I’m doing slightly better. And homesickness-wise, I’m surviving. I know this will change in years to come, and I don’t regret my decision to stay. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t look forward to the time I get to spend in little Howell, Michigan. Especially when I have enough time not to have to constantly think about leaving again.

In preparation for my visit, I’ve spent my night doing laundry, finishing essays, studying for midterms, and cleaning out old clothes, decorations, and academic books. I think I’ll try to smuggle a few things home between this trip and my trip home in April. Otherwise, I’ll never fit it all in one suitcase to go home for the summer.

There is one other thing that I’d like to talk to all of you about. Housing.

I had made my official housing decisions but, last Tuesday, something interesting came up at work. I was browsing the NYU News page, and I stumbled across an article announcing that Brooklyn housing (usually reserved for NYU Poly students) will be open to all students and upperclassmen next year.

Now, I know many of you have concerns about Brooklyn. You may think it’s unsafe, too far away from campus, or promotes an entirely different standard of living. But I have to inform you that Brooklyn is mostly an extension of Manhattan. Moreso than Queens or the Bronx, Brooklyn is the burrough that is being industrialized. The two buildings that I am looking into are safe, sanity, and every bit as beautiful as the dorms in Manhattan. They’re also only a few subway stops away from school.

To add to that, Brooklyn is a safe area. NYU would not have dorms in an area that isn’t. Also, each dorm is only about a block away from a subway station. In saving thousands of dollars of dorming, I would invest about $120 per month on an unlimited subway-access card. This would enable me to go back and forth to campus as often as I wanted, and would actually decrease the amount of on-foot travel I’d have to do. Not to mention, it would open doors to exploring the rest of the city.

I love Brooklyn. If you’ve been following me since my start at NYU, you should know that already. I think Brooklyn is beautiful, a little more normal lifestyle-wise, and a much better fit for me. If I were to get an apartment New York, I would get one there.

It’s also much cheaper, and that’s the real clincher. The dorms in Brooklyn are almost $4,000 cheaper than those in Manhattan. If I make this choice, I won’t have a bill to worry about for next year. I can’t tell you how necessary that is for my continuation of school in New York.

After discovering the opening of Brooklyn dorms to Manhattan students, I also learned that housing prices are increasing. If not for this opportunity, I would be in a serious financial rut. I don’t ever want to be in that position again.

So, for those of you who have concerns, we’re going to have to get through this decision together. Because it’s not so much a decision as a saving grace for me. And I hope you can find it all in your hearts to support me and to continue on this crazy adventure with me.

Love, as always,

Cassie

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