What to Bring

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Wondering what you will need for the program? Your supplies list will be a bit different from those elementary school days…

To make decisions easier, we’ve compiled a list of suggested items you should bring (including software you will need!).  This list will give you a good idea of what you’ll need during your time at NYU.

In addition, if you are living on campus, please see the NYU Housing website for what is and is not allowed in your residential hall.

Session I: Sign Up for Events!

All students registered in Session I beginning with orientation on June 30 should have received an email yesterday with event details for the first week of the program.

tour_img-1738492-92Be sure to sign up for events you want to attend! Keep in mind you will be moving into your residential hall and/or attending orientation on Sunday, June 30.

Space in some events is limited and first-come, first-serve. You will get a confirmation email for any event you get into by June 28.

More information about Events & Activities is on the blog.  If you have any questions about events or the events email, please contact the summer events team at summerevents@nyu.edu.

Meet the PAs

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Here they are!  Your intrepid Summer 2019 Program Assistants!

Program Assistants (or P.A.s, as they are fondly known) are your #1 resource while at NYU.  For those of you living in Weinstein Hall, they will be living with you and planning floor events.  For ALL students, they will be running the amazing evening and weekend events and hosting great activities in the hall.  They are all NYU students and know a TON about campus and the city.  Whenever you have a question, ask a P.A.!

Safety in the City

Yes, NYU is in New York City, but like all cities, if you use a little common sense–and resources available to you–you will remain safe and sound while here!

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How safe is NYU?
NYU has a strong security presence on campus. NYU Public Safety handles emergency help and information 24 hours a day.  If you have an emergency on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-998-2222 or ask an uniformed security guard!  Guards are posted in most NYU buildings, and any building with a green light above the door, like your residence hall, has a guard on duty 24 hours a day.

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Do you have any safety tips for me?
Public Safety also provides safety tips to students.

What if there’s an emergency?
It’s important to note that, in the case of an emergency, the farther students are from campus, the more difficult it is for NYU Public Safety or other staff to assist you. When on campus, you can call 212-998-2222. When off campus, you can always dial 911.

Am I safe in NYC? 
There’s no need to be scared while here! Common sense, being aware of your surroundings, and reaching out for help when needed are key to staying safe anywhere, especially in New York. That being said, use your head: We ask students to plan ahead before venturing off campus and to travel with friends. Avoid venturing to unfamiliar places alone or late at night. And be sure to keep that phone battery charged!

Living with a Roommate

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Many of you will be living on campus, and for some, this may be the first time you live on your own away from home. Living in a college dorm can be a very rewarding experience, as there can be a sense of community and all around fun! But living in a dorm is not like living in a hotel. You will be responsible for yourself, and there are some things you should be aware of.

First, there are residence hall rules that all students must follow. We will go over some of these at orientation, and your Program Assistants, or P.A.s, who will be living in the residence hall with you, will have hall meetings to go over important things you should know when living on campus.

Next, you will have a roommate. Roommates are randomly assigned so we cannot take or make any special requests. For many college students, their roommate is their first friend on campus.

However, every now and then, two individuals living as roommates with one another may not be the perfect fit, but there are ways to make it work. Here are some tips from NYU Residential Life for successfully living with your roommate:

  1. You roommate does not need to be your best friend.  Two different people with different interests can live together and learn from each other.  Have respect and an open mind, and your chances of developing a solid roommate connection are strong.
  2. Living with someone is not just about the stuff in your room. Being flexible, respectful, and communicating are key elements to a roommate relationship.
  3. Compromise.  Discuss with your roommate at the start of the program how you want the room to be set up; how technology such as phones and laptops will be used (Are you okay answering each other’s phones? Should you use headphones when watching Netflix? How will you keep your stuff safe in the room?); what you would like to share or not share; when it is okay to have friends in the room and when there can be quiet study time, etc. Talking things out and making decisions together will help a lot in establishing a roommate relationship and guidelines for your living situation.
  4. Communicate!  Of all things, this is the most important thing you can do to help foster a strong roommate relationship.  If you have a concern or a conflict occurs, it can get ugly fast if roommates do not talk to one another, start complaining to others, or you expect your roommate to just know when something is wrong.  Do not lapse into assumptions about your roommate’s behavior–there are always more layers to a person than meets the eye.  Do not gossip–it just lets the problem continue, spreads negativity, and keeps your roommate in the dark.  Say what you mean–dancing around an issue may confuse your roommate, and it rarely gets to the core of the concern.  Finally, agreeing to politely disagree is also a solution sometimes.
  5. Reach out to your P.A.  Your P.A.s are worldly experts in the field of roommate relations.  If you have concerns about your roommate or need help figuring out how to address a conflict, ask your P.A.!  They are there to help you, can give you guidance, and can even help facilitate discussions between you and your roommate if you need.

So remember, as anxious or excited as you are feeling about living with someone new during your summer at NYU,  your roommate is feeling the same way!  Be respectful, communicate openly and directly, and be flexible, and you and your roommate will live happily ever after.