With only a few weeks left until Fall 2015 sorority recruitment begins, I started thinking about all the reasons I am glad I went through the recruitment process at NYU just one year ago. I decided to rush my sophomore year and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It not only made a large school a little bit smaller, but allowed me to meet my best friends at NYU and get involved with my school, community, and numerous organizations. Read more
As a wise person once said, “Wearing sweatpants is a sign of giving up.”
Okay actually nobody ever said that, except for probably me, but it still works right? We’re constantly being told that it’s what is on the inside that counts, but I’m going to be the honest, seemingly superficial person to say no it’s actually both the inside and outside. Read more
New York City tends to be a place of social movements, especially downtown NYC. In New York City, activists pester pedestrians, constantly trying to find the next person kind enough to answer questions, simply listen to the cause, or donate some money. If you live in Manhattan and don’t buy your organic groceries at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, you’re not really a Manhattanite. If you wear genuine fur during the seemingly infinite winter months, a PETA activist may throw paint on you during your leisurely walk through the streets. This is the picture that many people have of someone who lives in NYC, but it is not always the reality. While it is true that these events happen, not every Manhattanite is a green-smoothie drinking, paint-throwing activist that will only talk about the latest protest they participated in. Read more
There are city-people and country-people, and these categories are usually very distinct and separated. City-dwellers often dislike the country-side because everything is too far away from each other and there are not enough store options or places to go. Country-people don’t enjoy the chaos of a big city and often find themselves lost and overwhelmed trying to navigate the metro or choosing which of the numerous sit-down restaurants to stop at. Jane Jacobs separates these two categories as “foot people” and “car people,” those who walk everywhere (city-people) and those who can only manage to get places by car (countryside-dwellers). People who do not live in bit cities can often not imagine what it would be like to live in one, while people like me cannot imagine what it must be like to not be able to Seamless at 3am or take public transportation to every place I need to go. Read more
This weekend seeing my extended family I realized exactly how quickly this past year has gone. “You just ended your freshman year,” my aunts and uncles would ask, and I would have to respond that no, surprisingly I just finished my sophomore year. They would then say how quickly it passed and asked how my year was. I would close my eyes and think about a few memories and smile back, responding “Really, it was great.”
Since bid-day at the end of September, I had been hearing about NYDM, or the Dance Marathon at NYU. “It’s 12 hours straight of dancing!” and “it’s so much fun to dance in it, you have to go!” I didn’t really know what it was, except this fun event where you dance for 12 hours straight to fundraise for something. Next thing I knew, sign-ups were going out and I read that we would get ZTA fanny packs. Sign me up, I thought. Free fanny packs and dancing for 12 hours just to raise money? It seemed easy. Flash forward to the 11th hour and 55th minute of dancing and I realized two things: dancing for 12 hours is not as easy as it seems, and everyone was right, NYDM was a blast!
Christmas decorations are being set up on the Walgreens in Astor Place. Ice skating rinks are starting to open. It could start snowing in a few weeks. It was in the 50’s in New York City this past week. I still refuse to wear a jacket until November.
About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Unfortunately breast cancer affects all our lives. As everybody should know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and breast cancer awareness is Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy!
Throughout October, Zetas partner with the National Football League to distribute pink awareness ribbons at NFL stadiums across the country, and with Susan G. Komen® to sponsor the Survivor Program at Races for the Cure®.
What is it like to undergo the Fall Recruitment process at NYU?
NYU has a relatively small Greek Life compared to many large schools, with around 3000 participants equating to about 13% of NYU’s student population. The recruitment process of rushing one of the eight sororities or the multiple multi-cultural chapters varies. The main Fall Recruitment process for seven of the eight sororities was held over two weekends.
“Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough ”
Living in NYC for the year, I have come to appreciate the beauty of every season. Each day there is something fabulous to look at, whether it be the modern buildings juxtaposed by the more historic brick structures or the trees changing colors in Central Park.
Here are some photographs of New York City that I have taken over the 2013/2014 year.