As I mull over the concluding sentences of my final papers and tuck away all my belongings in boxes, drawers, and duffles, I feel it’s only appropriate to do a little goal setting. There are so many things I want to gain from this summer, so many things I want to try, neighborhoods I want to explore. It sounds cliche, but I’ve waited a long time to live in New York City. It’s something I’ve often fantasized about, imagining the ways in which I would decorate my apartment and the cafes and restaurants at which I would become a regular. This is only is only a 2 and half month stint, so I would imagine I’ll feel more like a tourist. Even still…these are just a few of the things on my first-summer-on-my-own list.
1. The reincarnation of my Nikon FM 10 SLR Camera. My father taught me how to use it when I was about 13 and I’m determined to use it to document my summer in the city, in film.
2. Attend free outdoor concerts, and some type of food festival.
3. Enjoy cocktails with friends in our small NYC backyard on 52nd Street.
4. Make homemade popsicles.
5. See all of New York’s islands.
6. Learn to cook vegetables, fish, and chicken well. Especially asparagus, butternut squash, and salmon.
7. Experiment with new recipes and flavor combinations.
8. Savor every moment that my internship affords me to learn and grow about this field.
9. Keep my fingernails and toes freshly painted. This one will be hard for me.
10. Master the NYC subway system without a phone app.