The destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind has been plastered on every news outlet the past few days, but one Lubbock native witnessed the devastation outside his front door.
"That was my first hurricane and it was definitely one heck of an experience."
Rohit Mittal, now a student at NYU, says it's like nothing he's ever been through before.
"I bought non-perishable items just in case my electricity goes out, my refrigerator goes away or something, just so I can still have food," Mittal said. "We all charged our cell phones, our laptops, making sure that everything that we still needed for emergency use was still there."
After two days of darkness, Mittal finally got a chance to see the aftermath firsthand. He said the city he's lived in for only three months now paints a different picture.
"I couldn't even see the person right next to me because it was so dark, and there were rarely any cars driving on the road, so we couldn't even go off their light," Mittal said. "We just couldn't see anything. There were no businesses operating, and about every two to three blocks, we could just see police lights flashing in the distance. So the whole distance, we could tell that New York City actually changed."
Regardless, he said he was able to take something away from the experience.
"We don't always get the same privileges we do," Mittal said. "Sometimes we have to change, and we have to adapt really quickly. And that's what I learned. I had to adapt really quickly to a different environment, to a different society, in order to, I guess you could say, survive."
The city as a whole is even showing some resilience.
"There are like houses in Queens that were torn down, there are businesses that are damaged severely, there are flooded areas still," Mittal said. "But, the main point is that, New York City is coming back, New York City is building itself up, that in the future, this type of storm won't be able to have such devastating effects on the city."
Classes at NYU resume next week, and Mittal said after days of having his life put on pause, he's ready to be getting things back to normal.