It’s been two weeks since my graduation from NYU, and I’m working on easing into a new post graduate school routine. For the last three years, my primary focus has been all about higher education: prioritizing homework assignments, studying for midterms and final exams, conducting research, then writing and presenting individual and group projects.
Over a year ago, my family had offered to fly out for my graduation. I was a little surprised; I would have never asked them to, but was pleased they wanted to be here. NYU always has a smaller, more personal convocation ceremony for its various schools as well as the all-inclusive graduation at Yankee stadium. I’m not sure I would have made the time to go to both events; but again, to my surprise, my family wanted to attend both the convocation and graduation ceremonies. I’m so grateful they were here and were so enthusiastic about all the graduation festivities. It helped me realize that although I was graduating with about twenty-five classmates from my program, about 840 in my school, and about 15,000 in all of NYU, I am the first in my family to get a Master’s, and this is an accomplishment. My family has always been great about making sure we celebrate our achievements.
I got to play tour guide for my family for a variety of sightseeing activities all over New York City and Jersey City, which was a lot of fun. We saw the Cindy Sherman exhibit at MoMA (memorable and somewhat disturbing), the Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which I wrote about on the NYWICI Aloud blog), and visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We also enjoyed amazing meals in wonderful restaurants from thirty acres and Kraverie in Jersey City, to Craft, the Tamarind tea room, Dell’Anima and Momofuku’s má pêche in New York City.
After all the excitement of graduation and spending time with my family, I’m now coming to terms with figuring out a new routine. It’s going to be about writing on a regular basis (for geeloblog, Aloud and The Melody Book blog) while continuing to take care of my NYR Organic customers. I’m also going to incorporate looking for additional social media strategy and writing projects and getting back into a regular workout routine. But right now, I’m going to take a well deserved break and play with my adorable two-year old Maltese, Bianca.Connect with Giuliana on Google+
Categories: Higher Education
Tags: Graduation, Higher Education, Jersey City, New York City, NYU