Today was my first day back to school for the Spring semester. Hunter College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is where I will complete my undergrad in Political Science within the next year. Originally known as the Normal College, Hunter was founded in 1870 by Irish immigrant and social reformer Thomas Hunter as a teacher-training school for young women. Now, Hunter is a coeducational liberal arts and sciences college that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 100 fields. The college began to enroll men in the 60's but is still 68% female with no apparent explanation. In 2008, Hunter was #8 on the list of the top 10 public best value colleges for 2009 by The Princeton Review.
Hunter is an amazing college due to the diversity of the student body and faculty. Just as the Upper East Side is diverse with many wonderful and surprisingly affordable restaurants although I rarely have time to stop by many of them. Most nights at school, I will snack out of the vending machines or just eat something I've brought from home. On occasion, I will stop in a diner on 70th and Lex where they don't really welcome students, but will tolerate you if you eat fast and pay with cash. That is where I went tonight. The place is called Neil's Coffee Shop. Quick, easy, decent food served with a little attitude. I had a Gyro sandwich but couldn't take a picture cuz they are on to me.