By Melissa Liu
As a graduate student living in New York City, weekends can provide a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of academic life. However, they can also be an opportunity to explore the city and immerse oneself in the unique cultural experiences of New York. Here is a glimpse into a weekend in the life of a graduate student at Teachers College:
After a busy week of classes and research, many graduate students look forward to a slow Saturday morning. A popular choice is to grab a coffee and a bagel from a local coffee shop and take a stroll through one of the city’s many parks. Central Park is a popular choice, as it offers a peaceful retreat from the city’s busy streets. Alternatively, Riverside Park and the High Line offer stunning views of the city skyline.
As the day heats up, many graduate students might take the opportunity to visit one of the many cultural institutions located in the area. The American Museum of Natural History is just a short walk away, as is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world. Additionally, the neighborhood’s many bookstores and libraries offer a wealth of resources for research and personal reading.
For dinner, graduate students might head to one of the city’s many restaurants or bars. The West Village is popular for its charming streets and diverse dining options. There are many bars and restaurants with live music, making it a great spot to unwind and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife. After dinner, students might catch a show on Broadway or see a concert at one of the city’s many music venues!
Many graduate students might visit one of the city’s farmers’ markets or specialty food stores on Sunday morning. The Union Square Greenmarket offers fresh produce and artisanal products, while Zabar’s on the Upper West Side is known for its smoked fish and baked goods. Some may even stop into Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods to stock up on groceries for the week.
Typically, students will have to allot some time on the weekend to catch up on assignments and readings for their classes during the week. Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to do that (at least for me)! The amount of work students have on any given weekend varies, but it definitely increases as midterm and final seasons approach. During this time, students may visit the on-campus Gottesman Library or visit a nearby coffee shop to grind their productivity gears.
As the weekend comes to a close, many graduate students take some time to relax and prepare for the week ahead. This could include reading, spending time with friends, or simply taking some time to unwind.
In conclusion, a weekend in the life of a graduate student at Teachers College presents a unique mix of opportunities to engage with cultural experiences, great food, and ways to relax. From visiting world-famous museums to exploring local farmers’ markets, graduate students in New York City have plenty of options to make the most of their weekends!