A New School Called The New School
After months of careful thinking and planning, this fall I decided to transfer universities. Fordham was a beautiful campus with amazing people and I made great friends that I will hopefully have for the rest of my life. However, when it comes down to it college is about academics, not socializing. In the last year I have learned a great deal about myself and what I want to do with my life. I have always loved to cook but I began to notice that while I was at Fordham cooking lunch between classes or preparing dinner at the end of the night was always the highlight of my day. I would spend class periods planning recipes or thinking of groceries i wanted to buy. At night I would watch documentaries on the Gerson method instead of a comedy TV show. I started thinking that this is not really normal behavior and started to seriously consider about if I could turn my passions into a career. I came to the decision that I have to go for it! If not that being involved with food in any way makes me extremely happy then my other motive is this: I have learned a great deal over the last year about the food that people consume and what impact it has on their health. I have learned that the majority of the "western diet" is appallingly unhealthy as well as unsustainable for the future of society. I have also learned that there may be solutions to American health concerns and environmental destruction. If not to just enjoy living out my passions everyday I also want to educate other people and try to create change in current food systems.
This brings me to The New School for Public Engagement. I could go on forever talking about what I know about food systems and health but that is for later. I was accepted to the New School for Public Engagement as a part of the food studies program. I am so excited to be here! I have only just began classes, yet I am sure that this is where I belong. My first semester schedule is as follows: "Food, culture and society: Intro to food studies", "Food policy for the local food revolution", "Food Narratives", and "Growing a small business". I cannot believe that I will be taking classes that actually interest me! I will be learning things that will not only be useful for the rest of my life but that I will also enjoy. Each of the classes I am taking this semester will teach me so much and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me.
For now, I have to focus on finding some sort of job or internship. So far no luck but I really need to find something to occupy my time! I have applied to a number of places so fingers crossed. Until then I am just settling into living in Manhattan in the bustling neighborhood of Union Square and the East Village. As I type I am sitting cozy in my bed surrounded by glowing Chinese lanterns and dream catchers on the wall while watching my favorite series, Harry Potter. Across from me lies my best friend Devon, who I am happy to say made the switch to The New School with me! We were quite lucky to get a room together, hopefully the future will show an apartment for the two of us, but only time will tell :) Such exciting times, filled with mystery but sure to be a wonderful and positive change.