Before today, I did not know much about NYU except that a friend of mine visited their Shanghai campus over the summer. That alone sparked my interest and at the college tour today, I got a feel for what the school is like. It is not a school with a central campus, so the tour was a bit confusing and although they offer good STEM program, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) I could not imagine myself in such a disconnected area that doesn't have a big sense of community within the university.
|Washington Square Park- in the center of all of NYU's buildings|
Afterward, the cohort went to the 9/11 museum and memorial. One word: powerful. In the building it is dark on the floor leading to the main exhibits with spotlights on screens showing people's reactions to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. There are recordings and within them, I could hear the raw emotions that people affected by the attack were feeling and it was unlike any other museum or exhibit I have ever been to before. It felt close and personal, like I was actually living through the attacks. I was only three when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened so I don't remember them, but I don't think I want to. Just being in the museum today was enough to make me very emotional and put into perspective how many people the attack affected. 3,000 people died and more have been killed or injured in war. It is disheartening and I cannot lie, I was very upset by the sheer cruelty that was behind this attack on the United States and the effects it had around the world.
|A memorial for all those who perished in the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11|
Once we were finished looking at all the exhibits at the 9/11 museum, we all headed to dinner for some classic New York pizza. It was delicious! Thin crust, not too greasy, and a good crunch. It was definitely worth the wait from after the NYU college tour and a change of pace from the museum.