NYCE Director’s Update: Week Three

Parents and Guardians,

Three weeks have flown by here at the New York College Experience. Students have had the opportunity to visit Columbia University, NYU, Haverford, Yale, Princeton, Brown and UPenn. At each school, they encountered current students and explored the campus. All of the students also had the opportunity to meet Professor James Basker, who founded Oxbridge Academic Programs, at the Thursday Ice Cream Social. This third week was filled with fun-filled events, from the Tuesday afternoon at Coney Island to the Friday evening exploring of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). After tonight’s Under the Sea Dance, I am sure that many people will sleep late on Sunday morning.

Major and Minor classes continue to delve into their subjects using NYC as their classroom. The Medical Science students went to Liberty Science Center and watched an open heart surgical procedure performed in real time. The Art History students were guided through the textile conservation lab in the labyrinthine vaults under the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The International Business students and the Business and Finance students sat in the boardroom of Citibank and heard about the banking business. All of the students have had the opportunity to experience New York with their teachers as mentors.

This upcoming final week together is full of special events to celebrate the students’ accomplishments during the summer. A Talent Show on Sunday evening and an open-mic coffee house on Thursday will showcase student performances, where creative writers, public speakers, and others will share their work. On Friday afternoon, the Art Gallery in the Diana Center will feature the creations that our Fine Arts students and budding photographers have produced over the course of the month, and each floor will feature class presentations where students will have the opportunity to share their knowledge with their peers. Student performances continue on Friday evening with the Musical Theater, Filmmaking, and Fashion classes showcasing what they learned. The Final Banquet, Awards Ceremony, and Dance will take place on Saturday night, and, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, the first buses will depart Barnard College, and the tearful goodbyes will commence.

By this time next Sunday, all students will be on their way home to all four corners of the world.  We have been in contact with you if there were any questions about departure flights or details, but if there is a change of plan, please contact the program office. Please be sure to alert us if your child is traveling as an unaccompanied minor so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

We still have one last week to share the magical experience that is NYCE 2016. I know everyone will make the most of it.

Kevin B. Held

NYCE Director