Year in J-School (Part 1)

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It’s official. I live in New York City.

So far, so good. I haven’t gotten lost. I like my apartment. My roommates seem fantastic…my only qualm is the humidity. I guess I had delusions of running around the city like Blair Waldorf or Carrie Bradshaw, gracefully and easily. Not the case. I live in Harlem which is full of hills. I live in a building without an elevator. Basically, when I show up at Columbia orientation tomorrow morning I am going to gain a reputation as “the sweaty kid.” (Perhaps I’ll loose the 900 pounds that Buffalo let me gain, damn you Jim’s Steakout!)

But I don’t even care because I love this city and I never want to leave. (Plus, it can’t be hot forever.)

So, as I meander my way through Columbia J-School I’ll be using my blog to document it…think: suburban girl goes city and gets life eaten by school. I’m still going to blog about my usual nonsense if I have time…but starting tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. my life is J-School and J-School is my life.

I moved in on Sunday and I immediately loved my apartment (despite its lack of elevator). My window overlooks Jackie Robinson Park on 145th Street in Manhattan. It’s small, but it’s all I need.

Sunday night I visited Judy (a good friend from high school) who lives on 62nd and 1st. We had pizza and just caught up. Today, the real adventure began–a another girl from J-School (Kaitlin) and I went exploring southern Manhattan, we walked from Chelsea, over to Washington Square/NYU, East Village, Canal Street and TriBeca. We ate lunch at Farinella in TriBeca where I had the Ambrogio panini (organic chicken, provolone, tomatoes and arugala). Definitely check it out if you’re in the area. And tonight there was a J-School happy hour at Campo on Broadway between 112th and 113th where I finally met people I had been in contact with on Facebook face to face.

Other than that I’ve just been settling in. Getting used to lugging my groceries up hills and four flights of stairs. Getting used to the Subway.  Tomorrow, I have orientation!

Columbia J-School. Is this real life? Is this really happening?

Ready. Set. GO!



  1. Meg · August 10, 2010

    BOO!!! gosh, that j-school looks mad familiar. so does washington square… perhaps that was when i got lost in nyc?

    your view is so cute. I love it.

    WHEN CAN I VISIT??? (it’s already been too long since i last saw you.)

  2. Meg · August 10, 2010

    ps. GOOD LUCK IN J-SCHOOL!!!! I know you, Dunbar. You will kick ass. ❤

  3. J. Salls · August 10, 2010

    No worries, Tremblay. We’re hot and sweaty in Upstate New York, too. Best of luck moving forward. 🙂

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