I wrote my first blog on September 19th ” Small town girl in a big city” and I had just moved to US. The blog was about how excited I was to be in New York, well I still am very excited and grateful. It’s been almost 4 months now and I have observed few things. When I moved here one thing I was worried about is the language or the accent to be more precise. I was afraid people will find it difficult to understand my accent or I won’t understand theirs. It has happened to me here a couple of times with few people but they patiently repeat again till I understand. After the third try I just smile and nod even I don’t understand. To my surprise there is not a lot of pressure here to be speak perfect English. Like for eg many students in NYIT come from different countries and English is not their first language so few of them struggle in communicating in English but the professors don’t make it look like it’s a big deal. They try to understand students’ broken English and still clear their doubts. This actually helps with student’s confidence. I felt more pressurized to be good at English language back in my country where people who can speak fluent English are considered smart.
Talkin about NYIT and professors I really love how teachers here very transparent. They accept different point of views of students even if it contradicts their opinion. Also we get to EAT during lectures!! I love love love that. How can we concentrate if our stomach is growling because of hunger? Also we can ask doubts via email and professors reply with solutions. And there limited number of students in every class. India could apply these things in their Education system too. Not that it is very bad but some changes need to be made.
Now about the food, so far I have tried French, Cuban, Mexican, Thai and Italian food. I love Mexican because it is little spicy and I LOVE spicy food but trying these different cuisines is really exciting and something new for me. I am very particular about my food and trying new food makes me uneasy but is still gave it a try. I won’t lie I didn’t like some of the food and couldn’t pronounce names of few dishes but it felt nice trying something new. Next on my list are Italian, Korean and Chinese.
Another thing I like about US is that people respect all kinds of work What I mean is people do odd jobs like waitering, sweeping without being ashamed. Students here work to pay for their tuition or for their allowance. You learn to become independent at a younger age. And once you feel you can take care of yourself you move out of your parents house. You don’t see this in India. Even if kids start earning and can take care of themselves they still have to live with their parents, at least till they get married.
People don’t really care how you dress. You can something really weird and people still won’t give a damn. I once saw a man who wore a hat that had real leaves and branches attached to it. And he walked so calmly and confidently and I felt like I was the only one who noticed it. People here mind their own business.
I cannot believe I am saying this but yeah TimeSquare does get boring. I used to see TimeSquare in movies and was always in awe of how amazing it look and how lucky people who live near that area are. When I got here I went there like two times but by the third time the novelty wore off. But I will still go there on New Year’s Eve. My first new year in New York! Can’t wait for it.