Spring Break in the Big Apple!
March 25, 2013 by Crystal Lorenzo
Spring break has come and gone, but I did get to go to New York City! I went with a group of about 13 students and a few professors to present our psychology research. We went to the Eastern Psychological Association Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square! That’s where we stayed, too, so we were literally right in the middle of everything! It was seriously amazing.
We got there on Friday after a rough flight (we had to circle the airport for like 20 minutes, which was not good for our motion-sickness-prone travelers—aka me). Once we got there, we settled into our rooms; ours was on the 32nd floor overlooking the hustle and bustle of Times Square.
That night, we all went as a big group to eat at Bubba Gump's! It’s a restaurant based on Forrest Gump and they really went all out to give us the Forrest Gump experience. I got jambalaya, which was so spicy I spent my meal "crying" and downing five cups of water, but at least my sinuses got a good cleansing! It’s pretty cool in there. If you need the server, you just flip over these license plates on the table to the one that says, “Run, Forrest, run!” in red.
The next day was the first day of our research conference. It was a giant room with rows set up where everyone was assigned a little space to put up their poster, and people could walk around and read about everyone’s research. I got a lot of traffic at my poster and had to explain a billion times, “I did research on the relationship between music genres and depression and self-injury. I found that there is a positive correlation between indie and punk music with depression and self-injury, as well as a positive correlation between folk and musical theatre with depression. Country music was negatively correlated to depression. Also, total time spent listening to music per day was positively correlated with depression, regardless of the genre.” It was on repeat for the whole hour or so during my session.
That evening, a group of us went to Carlo's Bakery (the bakery of Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro)! It was AMAZING. I got this mini chocolate mousse cake with strawberries in it and on top. It was delicious. They have all the cakes that they make in mini form so you can try whichever you want without having to buy a whole cake. It was pretty much a dream come true.
We ate dinner at this awesome restaurant called Ellen’s Stardust. It’s where aspiring Broadway singers work until they get their big break on Broadway. During dinner, they all sing musical theatre so it’s pretty much one giant show in a restaurant. I LOVE musical theatre so naturally I adored it.
The next day, we went to a Sabres vs. Rangers hockey game in Madison Square Garden! It was so much fun. We had perfect seats and could see everything. Surprisingly, the Rangers’ fans were the most boring fans ever. They were pretty much silent for the first two periods, which was quite a change from Buffalo fans. Unfortunately, the Sabres lost, but it was a really good game once it actually got going (which took a good period and a half).
We left on Monday but, before we could leave, I, of course, couldn't leave NYC without getting myself a Jamba Juice smoothie! Banana Berry, perfection!
I wish we could have stayed for longer, but, all in all, NYC was such an awesome experience, and so much fun. It was a well needed vacation after the crazy semester I've been having.
Now we're just about on the homestretch of the year and I really can't believe I'm almost done with my sophomore year of college. It seems unreal. In less than three months, I will be on a plane to Argentina for five months. Who would have thought that it would come so fast?