Kevin Gallagher '13

Its pretty interesting what a little bit of true free time can do for you when you take full advantage of it. I made it back home on Friday on the latest bus from NYC and and went right to sleep for the first time in a few weeks. This weekend home was a lot different than last weekend before coming up to to New York, but I mean that in a good way. I turned 21 last Monday and had no time constraints or important things that needed to be done, so I knew it was going to be a great time. We went to the beach all day long on Saturday and it turned out to be exactly what I needed. The waves were tiny, but technically rideable if you really wanted to go out. I grabbed my board and got a few waves, but there was something different about it. I felt like I was the only person left in the world that day with no need to rush or feel hurried, and each baby knee high wave washed away all of the stress built up from the prior week.

My roommate from Holy Cross came down for the night because he ended up being pretty close by and we went out for a good night in Atlantic City with all of my good friends from back home. All I need to say is that I think Atlantic City won that round, but the next time I’m home I’ll get a win for myself. We went to the beach again on Sunday and then I caught the 7 PM bus back to NYC. When I got back to New York I felt as if my batteries had been completely recharged for the first time in a while. This entire week I’ve been running around with my head down like the rest of the robot like commuters, but last night I got to take it all in while walking around some of the city streets back to my apartment. If you’re ever in NYC, do yourself a favor and look up from time to time.

After surviving what I could call the most hectic and busy week of my life, I can safely say that I really like New York City. I’m starting to get used to pace of life, which is the polar opposite of that of the Spaniards, and am beginning to get a good feel of the different places all around the city. I’ve been able to make it to a few happy hours with some friends from Holy Cross and last night I went to the Meatpacking District with my good high school friend and got a great dinner. I think that area has been my favorite part of the city so far. Not everything has been completely bright and glittery though. There have been some ups and downs in this very short period of time that have caught me off guard, but for the most part I’ve been able to forget about the downs and look forward to bigger and better things.

One of the best parts about this week has been my role at Part of the Solution. The workers at the organization have made me feel right at home and have made the time very enjoyable. One detail that I noticed about half way through the week was that they have been giving me legitimate tasks to do, not just busy work in the office. Whether they have me running through Manhattan or Brooklyn by myself or talking directly with different clients in the Bronx, there has been something interesting to do. It has given me an increasing amount of confidence in myself knowing that I can take care of these responsibilities without any problems.

Tonight I made it to the Fool’s Gold Records Artist Series at their shop in Brooklyn and it was good to see something a little bit different. Right now I’m in the bus to Atlantic City ready to celebrate my birthday tomorrow night with all of my friends from home. Now I can really blow off some steam.

  • Busy

  • June 21st, 2012

These past few days have been ridiculously busy. This transition from the vacation lifestyle of Mallorca to this Manhattan lifestyle has been a pretty tiring one, but all worth it. The area where I’m living (next to Little Italy and SoHo) has tons of things to do and a pretty good scene when it comes to nightlife. It works out that a pretty well known club happens to be about a 5 second walk from my apartment (not sure if this is a great thing or terrible thing just yet).

This week has been great in terms of getting to know the different parts of the city. Yesterday, I went to some hearings in Brooklyn with an attorney from Part of the Solution and had a nice big omelet and toast with him for the first time in a while. After that I ran over to Manhattan and took care of some other matters for the organization, saw about a thousand Justin Bieber fans screaming for him, and then finally made it back to the Bronx to finish up the day. It was pretty cool to be able to see all three of those boroughs in one day! I think that my body is finally starting to adjust to the time change after a week of hardly any sleep too.

I can’t see myself slowing down any time soon!

Too bad I can’t make my photos look super artsy with instagram… Enjoy..

Yesterday might have been one of the most exhausting days of my life, but it was very much worth it. After getting moved in and figuring things out, I now feel very comfortable living in the city so far. Last night I was able to see some familiar faces, which was a really nice thing to have in such a big city and definitely got rid of some of the nervous thoughts I had about not knowing many people here. Navigating the subway system has been a fairly easy task as compared to doing it in Spanish, French, or even Italian during this past year abroad in certain cities in Europe.

Today was my first day at work and it went extremely well! Part of the Solution started out as a small soup kitchen and has grown into an amazing organization while helping the Bronx community. I will be working with some great people this summer in the legal clinic. Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Brooklyn with some of the attorneys from Part of the Solution and am really excited to see that part of the city.

Now its time to celebrate my 21st birthday, I hope Manhattan is ready for this summer.

We made it home from Spain relatively smoothly on Thursday afternoon and aside from running through the airport in Madrid to catch our flight, there were no problems. When I got home on Thursday I started to unpack my luggage and went right to doing errands. It was a pretty big adjustment from going from vacationing to running around all day long, but everything worked out well even though I responded to a worker in a store in Spanish one day! I’ve found the transition from Spain to the US to be a little bit difficult in terms of the language change, as I’ve grown accustomed to dealing with daily activities in Spanish. Luckily I live five minutes from the beach and was able to surf for a little while on Friday while there were waves.

This weekend went by way too fast, but it was a very good one despite waking up every morning at seven due to the jet lag. I managed to see the majority of my good friends over the past few days and we had a great time out in Atlantic City like always. I’m on my way up to NYC as I write and am starting to become beyond excited. My birthday happens to be tomorrow which is absolutely perfect timing. Being 21 will really allow me to take advantage of the city that never sleeps. After being contacted by my employer over the weekend, I will be starting work tomorrow and really can’t wait to start!

I’m currently seated in a small café next to a plaza full of olive trees watching some businesses close up for their mid-afternoon siesta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, which is the city I’ve luckily been able to call home for the past year. Less than a week from now I’ll be on the other side of the Atlantic in New York City where I’ve thankfully been given the opportunity to work for Part of the Solution as a legal intern for the summer.

For some background information, I grew up in South Jersey right next to Atlantic City, where there was never a dull moment. This summer I’ll be living in Manhattan and commuting to Part of the Solution, which is located in the Bronx. I’m very excited to start working and contributing to the organization and even more excited to spend the summer in Manhattan. A pretty good amount of friends from Holy Cross will be in Manhattan working this summer as well as a very good friend from high school, which will definitely make this summer an interesting one.

The transition from the Mediterranean lifestyle, where everything will get taken care of “mañana” (if you’re lucky), to the New York lifestyle, where things are expected to be taken care of before you even know about them will be a big adjustment. I’m more than ready to see what New York has in store for a freshly turned 21 year old.

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Kevin Gallagher '13

  • Studies: Economics major with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Hometown: Northfield, N.J.
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