Now that I’ve been here a couple days, I can say with complete conviction that New York has very little in common with Phoenix. For example, instead of telling people I’m from Chandler, or even that I’m from a suburb of Phoenix, it’s easier to just say I’m from Phoenix. Some people who have only ever seen the Grand Canyon apparently think that all of Arizona has a climate similar to Flagstaff. Other people seemed surprised that there are, in fact, cities in Arizona, and it’s not just a huge desert. To be fair, though, I don’t know much about their home states either, and I’m definitely in the minority being from the western two-thirds of the country.
I’m going to have a really hard time adjusting to the weather, once it starts getting cold. The highs have been in the (very) low 80’s, and the lows have been in the mid to low 60’s, which for me feels absolutely wonderful. Apparently, that’s actually unbearably hot, so winter is going to be painful. However, I was able to find two girls who said they’d be willing to go shopping with me in an attempt to find me some winter clothing. They’re also straight from their undergrad, which is nice, because I haven’t found many people as young as I am. (One of them is even younger than me! Hooray! Although, super intimidating – apparently there’s at least one person who’s only 20…)
It’s been really great to have almost a whole week to just adjust to life here, but then we discovered NYU’s version of myASU, and found our “early assignments” – basically the course readings we’re expected to have finished for the first day. This wouldn’t be too much of a pain, except that the bookstore ran out of one of the texts for the class I have on Wednesday, which is our first day. The teacher helpfully put the book on reserve at the library, but there’s only one copy, and it’s already in use… The bookstore said they should get a shipment in on Monday, so I’ll be heading over there on my lunch break tomorrow, and hopefully getting my hands on a copy.
It’s been really nice to get to meet some of the other 1Ls, and today we had a brunch with the LL.M students too, so I got to talk to someone from Australia, who insisted that Americans are extremely well-spoken, and raved about how nice it is to meet well-spoken people like yours truly. So that was interesting. Not exactly a compliment I expected to get from any of the foreign students. Everyone’s been really friendly – the 1L class is just over 400 people, so it would technically be possible to know just about everyone in the class, even if it’s just recognizing faces or names. That”s going to be a totally unique experience for me, because I haven’t been in a class that small since middle school.