No (Real) Rest for the Interns

Spring Break is usually about going on vacations to the Tropics and/or partying with friends somewhere warmer than New England. For myself and some of my fellow interns, however, it just meant one more week of work. Not that I am sad about this — it was a great week! It was quiet and I was able to take advantage of some activities that I've wanted to do for a while, but couldn't find the time in the craziness of the semester.

Seeing Lady Liberty From Afar

Seeing Lady Liberty From Afar

Leaving to go to work

Leaving to go to work

Everything seemed less crowded and I had a great time with the few folks who stayed behind. The ferry ride earlier in the week was so nice and instead of rushing through I snapped some pics of the trip. Also earlier in the week, I took a trip to the High Line to go for a walk and take in some scenery (even though it is much more spectacular in the summer). I spend so much time rushing through the city to and fro, trying to catch some mode of transportation, that I often forget to appreciate it for its magnificence. I walked along the path and remembered how awed I was by the city when I first initially came to Wagner four short years ago. There was an old man playing a two-stringed violin-like instrument (which I later found out was called an erhu) that sounded really great and it was such a great simple moment of peace in an otherwise busy semester. It's this reason I embraced the quiet that the week brought with it.

Near the end of the week, I decided to do something else I have been wanting to do, but never had time: go see a show at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Having interned there last summer, I knew about some things they were doing that I wanted to check out. Friday I made the trip after work to the Allen Room to see Charlie Musselwhite, a harmonica legend from the 1960s. I was definitely one of the younger people in the room, but it didn't phase me. It was really great to listen to him play and hear someone who has such a history playing American music. It was the perfect end to my week. Enjoying the show in a space as great as the Allen Room, at an organization where I spent some time as a Wagner intern, was truly rewarding and I can't wait until I go back.

Charlie did a great performance in the Allen Room (pictured with Scott from JALC)

Charlie did a great performance in the Allen Room (pictured with Scott from JALC)

The view from the Allen Room is amazing

The view from the Allen Room is amazing

The break gave me time to reflect about Wagner, how its helping me right now, but also remembering things about the city that made it special for me and going back to revisit different places and connections I've made while I've been here. It was good to slow down the whirlwind of this semester and enjoy some calm.

Stay Tuned Hawktalkers,
D

Author: Doug Donato

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