Our Short Time in the Big Apple

June 23, 2013
Frank Sinatra might've been on to something when said if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere because let me tell you, we had a hard time making it in this city. We hit the Falcon Nation 6,000 mile mark as we pulled into the Big Apple. That's a lot of driving, folks! Therefore, we decided we deserved a treat. We wanted to give Fandango the opportunity to get his picture taken in Times Square, and simultaneously take in the sights of the city and unwind a bit before our event. The only problem: our GPS, Siri, sometimes gets a bit confused in the city. Wouldn't you know it, she thought we wanted to go to the Times Square in Brooklyn. Silly Siri. We spent about an hour and a half looking for a location that was two blocks from where we started. We found it eventually and it was well worth it, because Fandango was discovered.

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That's right... Look out world. He's an understudy now but he'll catch his big break soon.

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Because of our little detour to Brooklyn, we didn't get as much time to relax before the event as we wanted to, but that was more than okay because this group kept us energized. The 20 or so alums that met us at Keste Pizza were a truly delightful group to talk to. Each individual we interacted with had a fascinating story about their career, the furthering of their education or their life in the city. We learned about the perils and delights of public transit, the long but rewarding process of writing a thesis and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with success in a career. We were truly thankful for the opportunity to meet with this group of alumni, and we hope that the Messiah community that has sprung up in NYC continues to grow and create alumni connections.

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We were also thankful for the tip from alum Gabriela Paniagua '10 that sent us toward High Line Park. This park is pretty unique in that it's built on a historic freight rail line. How cool is that? We loved every second of our time in this enchanting spot.

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Though our experience in NYC was unlike our experiences in any other city we visited, we had to move on to Boston. Until next time, New York!

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