Alma Mater overlooks College Walk and Butler Library on cold winter day. c.MMXII
Perhaps its a cliché that one of my favorite things about NYC is my school. Or perhaps it isn't. Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to go to Columbia. I don't know why, but that's just the way it has always been. Although my father was an alum, he never pushed me to attend just for the sake of creating a family tradition. I had never even been to the campus until I was in 5th grade when I visited my cousin, who was in the middle of her senior year. From that moment on, when I stepped on campus for that very first time, I knew for sure Columbia was the place for me.
Low Library on a spring day. c.MMXV
I will be the first to admit just how unbelievably fortunate I am to call this gorgeous and academically challenging place my school. With only a month left in my sophomore year, perhaps its just the early nostalgia kicking in as my time here reaches its halfway point. Recently, I've been walking slower on my way to classes, been more reflective, and taking in more of this campus. After two-ish years of walking at NYC-pace, its been refreshing and even eye opening to just slow down.
The view from the 15th floor of SIPA-Columbia University looking towards Midtown. c.MMXIV
Slowing down has allowed me to remember that, while school is important, so is living life. For most of my life, photography has been a hobby. So recently, I've been setting aside more and more time for photographing this great city and the things I love about it. The pictures from this post are all photos I took with my iPhone while at Columbia. The first one, was taken shortly after I received my acceptance to Columbia. The last two were both taken on days when I just walked around campus and explored.
If you ever have the time, make the trek uptown to Columbia. Walk around and enjoy this beautiful campus (and the rest of this amazing city). Just slow down and take it all in.