Last night our students had the chance to share their stories with the program in our annual Coffee House. While enjoying cups of coffee, desserts, and pastries, classes were able to show their peers what they had been hard at work on during the course of the summer.
The Psychology class presented two videos of social experiments they conducted on their friends while explaining how and why people react to the questions they are asked. The Speech and Debate minor presented their final speeches that touched the room as they spoke about life experiences that had changed who they are as a person. The creative writing major and minor class read their original pieces including poems, short stories, and fictional dialog they had created based on real world events. Finally, the journalism class presented their website to the program and explained the interviewing process and research they had conducted to obtain their feature stories.
When the classes finished presenting, the floor became an open mic for students to give their final sentiments and any last words they wanted to share with the program. Overall, it was a warm and heart felt night full of amazing original pieces and encouragement from the students and faculty for the hard work our students put into their classwork over the course of the month.
Here is a video showing just a handful of the 40+ readings that were shared during the night:
Yesterday students hung up their ear-phones, stowed their aversion to rain-drops, and, equipped with rain-jackets and umbrellas, set out for the Brooklyn Bridge in defiance of the rainy weather. By the time we made it to Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights, the last of the rain had fallen, the suffocating humidity had weakened its hold on the city, and a skittish breeze frolicked across sidewalks and the East River. Before crossing the iconic bridge, we headed to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a refreshing treat and to take a few pictures of the city and this historic landmark from below. As we walked along the wooden planks of the bridge, the breeze picked up and the clouds parted to let the sky and sun come into view. It was a perfect day to defy the rain and cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
Who has not pondered how to get to Sesame Street, whether it is possible to see the stars in the city, where budding writers find their reading materials, how to use flex-fill reflectors in photography or the beauty and history of a tomb? These are some of the questions that occupied our students.
Art History students visited Grant’s Tomb to study and examine the monument.
Photography students learned how to use flex-fill reflectors to manipulate sunlight.
Creative Writing majors made their way to the Strand to procure reading materials.
Physics found out that you can see the stars in the city when majors went star-gazing at Columbia.
Psychology students discovered that Sesame Street is not far from Lincoln Center, when they visited the studio to learn the role that psychology plays in the show.
Last night was the NYCE talent show, the first event in a series of many culminating our final week together, and it was phenomenal. More than a score of students took the stage to awe audience and judges with performances ranging from classical and jazz piano, dancing, singing accompanied by ukulele, piano, and sun-glass-sporting back-up dancers, electrifying B-boxing, to a meta-theatrical skit and poem on performing in the talent show. The stars of the talent show, however, were not just the ones that graced the stage but also the ones that clapped, cheered, laughed, and sang along from their seats. NYCE’s got talent but, more than that, in less than four weeks it has developed from a group of strangers to a supportive and loving community. Encore!