Greetings from New Haven!!

on September 28, 2012

Greetings, salutations, and hello from not-quite-so-sunny New Haven! As many of you may already know, I’m currently spending a year abroad in Yale University and so far this have been Absolutely Fantastic!

So, what have I been doing for the past 6 weeks? Far too much to cover in a single blog post, that’s for sure. This does also mean that I’ve got plenty of material to write about so do stay tuned to this space and I’ll keep you all posted about what I’ve been up to. Here, though, are some first impressions of life in Yale.

Timothy Dwight College

This is Timothy Dwight College, one of 12 undergraduate residential colleges here in Yale and where I will be living for the next 2 semesters or so.

In addition to being the most amazing college in Yale, TD is also one of the most out-of-the-way colleges in Yale. We’re just special that way.

Gingko Tree in TD Quad

One of the things that make TD special (to me, at least) is the huge Gingko biloba tree growing in the quad (yes, the very species that produces the highly-prized gingko nuts). Gingkos are fascinating trees because they are essentially living fossils, with some gingko fossils dating back approximately 270 million years (according to wikipedia) and this is the first time I’ve ever come face-to-bark with a gingko tree.


This is Dixie. Dixie is a linguistics major here at Yale and is a member of the small but growing canine student population in Yale.

I’m kidding, of course.

Dixie is actually a beautiful and very friendly golden retriever who lives in TD with her ‘mummy and daddy’, who are both residential fellows living in TD. Cute, isn’t she?

The TD Dining Hall

The best shot I’ve got so far of the TD dining hall, all rigged up in preparation for TD’s music night. I thought the cardboard podium was a nice touch.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

And what’s a blogpost from me without a picture of a bird? To round off this post, here’s a picture of the state bird of Connecticut, the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), also the state bird of Michigan and Wisconsin – creative, eh?

Okay, so that’s all the time I’ve got for now. Do check back frequently for more updates on the kinds of shenanigans I’ll be getting myself up to.

Till then, Cheerio!

*This post was adapted (read: copied and pasted with minor edits) from my original post over at the NUS Yale – Visiting International Student Programme blog.*


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