An eventful day filled with creating new friendships, meeting teachers, and exploring the wonderful city of New York!
In the morning, students met in the auditorium and were greeted by the program staff. NYCE Director Kevin Held presented opening remarks to inspire the students to make the most out of the four week they will spend in the city. After introductions where completed, teachers walked their students to the classrooms to begin their first academic experience on a college campus.
When the students finished their courses, they began the New York City Scavenger Hunt! Everyone received an unlimited metro card and broke off into groups of four with only two students from the same country on every team. While learning the 1 train line, NYCE students found some of New York’s most famous locations. From Barnard’s campus to downtown 14th Street, they had the opportunity to grab pictures and videos throughout their trip!
To unwind after the busy day, the Activities Directors hosted Jeopardy Night. Students teamed up to answer trivia questions that covered a variety of topics such as history, sports, Broadway musicals, geography, and music. Everyone walked away learning something new while getting to hang out with more students on the program!
During the week of preparation, our Activities Directors have been working hard to put together the best trips and adventures for all our students to experience.
Starting with the program wide Scavenger Hunt, students will explore the city for the chance to win Broadway tickets. Later in the week they’ll take night walks on the Highline, grabbing pictures of New York’s beautiful skyline, while also laughing at the stand-up improv comedy scene.
We hope you are excited for the wonderful things our Activities Directors have in store for this summer like shopping trips, food excursions in Brooklyn, and visits to world-renowned museums in the city that never sleeps!
Our students training to be Rockettes infront of Radio City Music Halll
Group of students on Columbia University.
Students taking a break on the TKTS stairs at Time Square
Students recreating the Broadway play “The Lion King.”
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: