Big lights will inspire you…Making the Most of NYC

If you’re like us (Cinzia and Becca), you probably came to NYC brimming with excitement for this standout year you will spend here in the Literacy Program. Or maybe you came with the intention of staying here for an extended amount of time. Either way, we think this post could be of help to you!

It’s thrilling to be part of the city that never sleeps, and as a grad student you feel that camaraderie with the city because you will not sleep either. 🙂

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate the sometimes murky waters of grad school, while also trying to take full advantage of this wonderful city:

  1. You need a balance in your life; there are only a few more months before graduation- devote time to academics AND activities you enjoy!
  2. When life gets hectic, stick to a schedule. Making a schedule helps balance your time between work and play. Try to include one activity a week that you are interested in doing while in the city or challenge yourself to explore a new neighborhood every weekend. Don’t let the time pass you by!
  3. It’s ok to say no to things. We come to grad school with the intention of grabbing every opportunity in front of us, which you should! But, you also shouldn’t be afraid to say no to things when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Make yourself do things. Even if you have loads of reading to do, take a break and a breath. Consider reading in a different setting, like the Bryant Park Library, at a museum café, or in a new park. Take time to go see a Broadway show (discount lottery tickets at some theaters), go to the movies (check out the movie deals from student affairs), grab some friends and go out for festive beverages! Whatever it is, you don’t want to graduate and look back on your experience and only remember the four walls of your apartment building, or the Russell Library. You are in the most wonderful city in the world, and you may only be here for a limited time. Take advantage!

How will you spend your last 3 months at Teachers College as a student living in New York City?

Stop thinking about it and just do it. 🙂

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