Taking overnight flights is not the most fun experience in the world. Because of time differences, the cost of hotels, and the schedule for registration and check-in, my only real option to get from Phoenix to New York was a red eye. I left Phoenix at 11:30 pm, and after 6 hours in the air and a brief layover, arrived in New York at about 10 am, local time. To simplify matters a bit, I took a cab from the airport to the school, and probably over-tipped him, because he was EXTREMELY happy-sounding after he counted the money I handed him. And then he said several times that he would help me with my bags.
University staff was really great yesterday. They have the move-in process down, despite the difficulties involved with being located in the middle of a huge city (and surrounded by one-way streets, and completely lacking parking). It might be different if you have your own vehicle, but as far as I could tell, everything was running smoothly. They had plenty of bins to help you move luggage, no time limit on how long you could use the bins for, staff to help you navigate to the service elevator (and didn’t monopolize the elevators for transporting bins), and all the staff I spoke to were friendly and helpful, even when I wasn’t sure what was going on. ASU could really learn a thing or two (or more) from looking at how NYU handles move-in.
The rest of my day just consisted of unpacking, getting my ID, and getting a couple books (that I didn’t actually need for class today). I started making a list of things I need to buy when I make it to a store – probably Saturday or Sunday. In the evening, we had a social event with our large sections – the students who will be in all of my classes this semester. The mixer event had red and white wine, and beer, with a little thing of water off to the side. The food was pretty good, but the music was too loud to really be able to talk easily. Still, I got to meet several people, and even found a couple from my smaller section. Everyone seems pretty friendly, although people from the west are definitely in the minority here.
My roommate seems pretty cool. She’s an LL.M. student from Israel, so we don’t have any classes in common at all. I haven’t gotten to talk to her much, but she invited me out to drinks yesterday with some of the other LL.Ms; unfortunately, it was during my section’s mixer. In any case, she is also letting me borrow a floor lamp until I get settled in and can find a desk lamp or something. The room gets pretty dark at night. So that was really awesome of her. Hopefully I can get out to the store this weekend, and get a lamp and some of the other things on my (rapidly growing) list.
We did have our first class and homework assignment today, but as this post got absolutely enormous, I think I’ll save it for later.