Today I met with the professor of my class. I've been doing well on the homework, but I wasn't understanding one of the concepts we had finished discussing in class. After we had delved in to the discussion a bit, another girl from my class came in and asked the professor about externalities (positive and negative benefits of an entity) which helped me gain clarification on that subject as well. Very soon, many of my classmates came to ask him questions about an upcoming assignment and talk about his philosophy on topics like the BitCoin and the history of New York real estate. After everyone left, I asked him for advice on my essay topic. I had originally decided to write about the effects of social media on Disney's stocks, but he said it would be too broad. We started discussing different options and somehow we started talking about incarceration rates and their correspondence to income rates. This sounds interesting and I'll probably chose this as my final topic.
After class, some of the people on my floor decided to go to get dinner at an Indian restaurant near 96th street and Broadway called Tandoori. I'm one of the only people in my family who likes Indian food, so we don't order it often when I'm at home, but today I was able to indulge myself in rich chicken and lamb dishes. Even though Indian food is known for being extremely spicy, it wasn't too spicy for me and I was one of the few people who could eat the food without yogurt or lassi to neutralize the flavor.
By the time we finished eating, the thunder storm was in full gear and we rushed home so we could get back before the rain flooded the train station. When we got back to the dorms, I decided to hang out with LeeAnn in one of her friend's floors. There were a couple of people from China with us and I taught them how to play a few games like speed, deuces, BS, and even tic-tac-toe! Most of the games had a very similar Chinese equivalent for example deuces is called "kill your landlord" in China and they have a more complex (and strategic) version of tic-tac-toe that I might teach my friends when I get back to California. It's funny how two places on opposite sides of the globe have cultural similarities.
My day was varied which is always enjoyable in my eyes. Since it's July, I can't help but feel the pressure of my time at Columbia disintegrating and I want to make sure I make the most out of my time and enjoy myself for the last few days I'll be in New York.