I like university tours, because I always believe schools are places where our esteems for all authentic values are instilled, in both interpersonal and social relationships. Having been in New York for two years, I finally got time to visit Yale University with friends. In addition, I felt excited to have a train trip again despite that it was only a two-hour ride from Manhattan, NY to New Haven, CT.
Right after our arrival in New Haven, my friend Nick took us to Modern Apizza, a popular local pizza parlor. Since Nick will start his graduate school at Yale this fall, he has solid credentials for a tour guide. He told us that New Have is an Italian-American community, so we could not go wrong with pizza. He is absolutely right. I had New York-style pizza that is thick and doughy, as well as St. Louise/ Chicago-style pies that are thin and crisp. However, it was my first time to taste slices which are thin yet doughy, an achievement both in texture and flavor. I presumed that this was authentic Italian pizza and rejoiced to have a pizza dough bliss without flying to Italy.
Since New Haven’s identity comes from Yale University, a school regarded as an outdoor museum of architecture, we were itchy to explore Yale campus after lunch. A random walk through Yale’s main campus was enough to get me hooked. Yale architecture is a combination of Gothic complex and urban silhouettes — the Gothic buildings present an elegant and solemn feeling while the modern structures mirror the industrialization of our own time.
Aesthetic merits aside, the architecture came alive with smart spirits and aroused my esteem for knowledge. Wandered around the campus, I felt that Yale students were lucky to journey through college here with a certain relaxation and sample a wide range of courses — music, art, anthropology and some other subjects that can send them out as liberally educated men and women. With regard to this, the college campus signifies the formation of our personal values, the free and right use of our own inclinations, as well as the manner of regarding and meeting people and the ability to weigh cause and effect. Perhaps it is the reason why I enjoy visiting different universities in the U.S.
Although I’m neither a Yale graduate nor have a plan to become one in the near future, I’m glad I had my two-year New York anniversary toast here. My head buzzed with curiosity and of course, great beer. Cheers!