Wednesday, January 19, 2011

September, 1936

Asimov begins his second year at Columbia, now taking courses at Morningside Heights.

For the first time in his 11-year long school career, he was attending a school outside Brooklyn. Each day he took the subway to the end of the line, 14th Street and 8th Avenue, then changed to another subway and went up to 116th street, , then walked to class through (and up) Morningside Park. (The western side of the park was called Morningside Heights because there were lots of stairs in that area.

The whole trip took a little over an hour, each way.

Asimov spent the time reading the newspaper, because he'd become interested in politics. He was a fan of F. D. Roosevelt.

He took his first course in chemistry in this year, and fell in love with it, so much so that if hadn't been assuming he was going to end up being a doctor, he would immediately have thought of being a chemist. However, as the year progressed, and after a biology professor made fun of him in front of the entire class (having a "pleasant sense of tact" as Asimov put it) he switched his major to chemistry. He was still expecting to become a doctor - as that's what his father expected of him - but he was beginnig to have serious doubts.





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