Earlier this month I got another chance to go back to New Haven for a Yale visit.
Dmitry was a bit unimpressed with my first attempt to write about Yale, which turned more into a blog post about logistics. I blame it on the time of the year, it was late fall, it was cold, and … I was hungry? Idk, but he’s right, the first blog post was a bit dry.
So here’s my do-over!
This time around my perception of Yale is a lot more colorful and lively!
Also, now I had binged the original and the new Gilmore Girls ♥, which romanticized the university for several seasons of the show. Ah, the wonders of television!
That’s Branford College. Dmitry kept saying very loudly, “That’s Rory’s room right there!” And I kept trying to shush him, what am I, a teenage girl to be obsessed over a fictional TV character? While secretly obsessing over a fictional TV character, like a teenage girl…
And I think another contributing factor to a more positive perspective was the location where we stayed. In November we stayed at the Omni, which is in the heart of New Haven – convenient, but the area is dirty and seems unsafe. This time we booked an AirBnB just a couple of blocks away from the Yale School of Management and the Peabody museum closer to the East Rock side.
While still just across the street from the university, the neighborhood is residential and more quiet.
Oh, and the fact that everything was blooming ✿ in beautiful colors din’t hurt either. 🙂
I finally dragged Dmitry to the Yale Art Museum, which, after 9 months of school, he still had not visited. Although, it was after his class and we literally had 15 minutes before they closed at 5 pm. Spent more time trying to figure out the locker system… But at least I enticed him to go back when he has more time.
View from the Yale Art Museum.
And while Dmitry was in class, I discovered a cute coffee shop, East Rock Coffee, where I relaxed with a book for a bit. How Yalie of me.
I also chilled at the SOM (School of Management) computer lab, which is open to the public and is free to use. I am not a fan of SOM architecture from outside, it’s too modern with its all-glass facade, but it makes a difference once you’re inside! The modern interior is bright and airy and very conducive to studying. 🙂
I also got to sit in one of the
male-dominated business classes.
And listen to an all-female panel of graduates, including last year’s executive valedictorian with three master degrees.
And crash EFFY – Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
In a crowd full of anti-oil perceptions I dared to ask a question that suggested oil production might actually have a positive impact on economy of a country being discussed. The question was met with “oohs,” “ahhs” and shocked glares.
When Dmitry got out of class and saved me from disrupting Yale activities even further, we stumbled upon a cool doughnut shop. And now I want that picture of the Handsome Dan at my house.
We also stopped by the Yale Bowl, where The Game, Harvard vs. Yale takes place annually.
The night concluded at the Modern Apizza, a copycat version of Frank Pepe’s New Haven style pizza. I hate to say it, but I liked they pizza better, although still not a huge fan of this style of pizza. When in Rome…
P.S. If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan like me (but don’t tell anyone, it’s embarrassing), stay tuned for the next post. I have a bit of a surprise, and it may or may not involve a gazebo. 😛