Hiking trip to Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yesterday a bunch of the IIB “brotherhood” went to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, to get a last glimpse of nature before we head in to the city. The park is 20 minutes away by taxi, and the only thing you’ll have to pay for is the cab fare.   Overall the trip was great with lots of high peaks with panoramic view and beautiful landscape. Rumors told, there are bears in the park, but unfortunately (maybe fortunate) we did not see one. From beginning to end the trip went on for about five hours, including minor pit stops and one lunch break. Heads up! Use the toilet located in the beginning of the track, because you can’t “go” for another five hours.

Here’s a picture of Carl and the panoramic view at Castle Rock, which is located in the Minnewaska park.

MINNEWASKA

Kingston

Because of the little time we have left in New Paltz (only 12 days until we live New Paltz), so I want to make the most of it. Minerva and I decided that we want to travel around to and see the towns close to New Paltz and we choose to visit Kingston which is about 30 minutes bus ride. The town is nice you can feel that is a small town when people in the bus station asks what you are doing here and advice you to go back. But we ignored them and took a cab down by the Hudson River and walked beside the river until we found a nice restaurant where we had some dinner and looked out on the boats that passed. The time just flew when we looked at the time we realized that we had to hurry to the bus station to catch the last bus back home.

Exam

We have had a lot to do during the last weeks and it strikes me that we only have two and a half week left here in New Paltz. Last week I had my first American exam. It had the same structure as the in-class assignments we have had since the course started so we were well prepared and there was no surprises… I hadn’t expected multiple choice though since the course is Corporate Finance and all questions were based on calculations.

Besides school we also work to get the internship. Yesterday I went to NYC for interviews with two investment banks that I had found on Hoovers, which is a very good site to get an overview of companies within a specific field. I think the whole process of finding and visit companies for the internship is a good experience if you aim to work abroad in the future.

New York Chocolate Show

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I have been searching for the most important events in New York because I think it would be good to attend one of those events when we are living in NYC.

I really love chocolate so I find this event very interesting.

It is called ‘New York Chocolate Show’ and it is the largest show completely dedicated to chocolate in all its forms in the United States. Considered the chocolate hub of North America, the Chocolate Show celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2012.
On 4,000 sq. of exhibition, this event hosts more than 15,000 visitors, journalists and professionals with some 150 participants.

The best chocolatiers and pastry chefs from America and abroad gather together to present their savoir-faire and talent to the public. The Chocolate Show is also dotted with special events, celebrations and performances like:

• Culinary Theaters – Live Demos by top chefs.
• Bookstore – Meet the authors live.
• Kids Zone.
• 2011 Chocolate Show Demonstrations Recipes.

The New York Chocolate Show will take place at:
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10, 2012: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 11, 2012: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

I would like to go; the only bad thing is that you have to pay a $40-dollar ticket.

Campus at the end of September

Just 19 days and we will move to Manhattan!!!
We look forward to starting our internships and to live in the most exciting city in the world: New York City!!!
At the same time I am quite sure we are going to miss New Paltz, the Super8 Motel, Pasquale’s pizza, our evenings in P&G’s, our walks to go to school every day, and the university.
Considering that the campus is the place where we spent most of our time, I decided to post here few photos I took walking on campus.

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Phone Interviews

If there is more than one candidate for an internship position, some firms want to conduct a phone interview before inviting students to a company visit. This is all new to me, to conduct an interview via phone makes it a lot harder to impress someone, I want to use body language and be able to see the person in front of me. In addition, it doesn’t really feel like a real interview, the nervousness isn’t really there.

However, I have realized that there is only one way to go to make it feel more like a real interview and to be your best self: Put on the clothes you would have worn on a real interview, even though no one is going to see you. Find a place that resembles an office (Career center in the Humanities building can help you with that), and pretend. Pretend that you are there.

Believe me, this works. I just landed an interview in NYC.

New Paltz from above

I wanted to try something that I have always been longing to do, so I took a 15 minutes cab ride to “Skydive the Ranch”, to skydive above New Paltz. The weather conditions were unfortunately not very good since it was cloudy, but luckily the clouds were not that thick.

The view that I got from the plane on my way up and from the jump and down is indescribable. I got to break through the clouds on the way down and to see the sun break through other parts of the clouds. The only thing I can say is how AMAZING it was, and that this is an experience that I never will forget. Since this was my first time jumping with someone – a so-called tandem jump – and we jumped from 14,000 feet, the jumping experience took about 10-15 minutes.

Niagara Falls

Last weekend Johan, Sara and I rented a car and drove from New Paltz to Canada. After six hours driving, we finally arrived at the border between USA and Canada (Ontario), where the Niagara Falls are located.

I must say that this is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. It is really hard to describe how powerful, and at the same time elegant, the falls are.

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