6/29/19: Brooklyn Excursions & NYC Safety

Greetings to all the NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

Today, students ventured out to Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At Smorgasburg, an outdoor foodie market with over 75 vendors and amazing views of Manhattan, students munched on pork scallion gyoza-stuffed wings, blueberry cheesecake soufflé pancakes, sweet potato cinnamon rolls, and much more! At Brooklyn Flea, students found (and a few purchased) one of a kind items such as triangle stud earrings, turquoise wide cuff bracelets, and rope cage ear cuffs. After shopping, a few students went to a nearby poke restaurant and bonded over meal. Below are some photos from the Brooklyn excursions:

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In the evening, students attended a guest speaker lecture where they listened to Adam Allen, a NYPD police officer, stress the importance of subway safety and etiquette.

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Afterwards, students went to a dance planned by our Activity Directors. Song requests included Dancing Queen by ABBA, Time of Our Lives by Pitbull, and Dura by Daddy Yankee.

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Elisabeth Hyde (Program Assistant)

Day 3 of NYCE

Greetings to all the NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

Today, the students had the opportunity to attend the NYC Pride Parade, a cultural event that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots in Greenwich Village, and also hosted WorldPride 2019, which is the first time WorldPride has been hosted in the USA.

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The students left Barnard at around noon to go downtown to Union Square, and stayed in the area until around 6pm.

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There was also a rare (?) sighting of John Mulaney and his dog, Petunia, pictured above on the right.

Afterward, we had floor meetings at 8pm to check in on students and to give them reminders about upcoming activities and other general announcements.

Students also enjoyed Karaoke Night after the floor meetings, where they sung songs such as Mr. Brightside and Superbass.

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Day 1 of NYCE 2019!

Greetings to all the NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

The first day of the program began early in the morning with breakfast, introductions to all professors and program staff, and included a message from the Program Director, Kevin Held.

After students had brief major classes today where they got an overview of what to expect in class and meet their classroom peers, activities off campus exploring the island of Manhattan began.

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A view of Times Square, taken during the Scavenger Hunt!

The students began their exploration with a Scavenger Hunt set up on the Red Line. One particular stop included taking a selfie with one of our Activities Directors, Althea, at the Blue Bottle Coffee on 73rd. The Blue Bottle Cafe is one of Althea’s favorite coffee shops in New York City, and Althea said “Seeing them was the best part of my afternoon! Some kids were running to the coffee shop!”

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Students stopped at a pizza location during the Scavenger Hunt!

Other stops included in the Scavenger Hunt included finding the owl hidden over the steps of the library, stopping in a ‘Baked by Melissa’ and counting mini cupcakes in the glass display case, and taking a photo in front of the Flatiron building.

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Students posing for photos during the Scavenger Hunt at Columbia University!

After adventuring down in the subway and throughout downtown Manhattan, the students had the opportunity to visit The High Line. The High Line is over a mile long, stretching all throughout Chelsea. This elevated park features views of the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey, Chelsea, and other landmarks in New York City. Students were encouraged to explore the greenery, the ice cream carts along The High Line, and were welcome to observe any art created along The High Line.

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Students at The High Line!

Arrivals Day!

Greetings to all NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

The Oxbridge NYCE residential staff is all here now at Barnard College and working to set up everything for this summer. The deans and program assistants have checked on all the rooms and the activities directors have started booking tickets to ballgames, amusement parks, and museums. Our program office is located in Mehler Parlor inside Barnard’s Elliott Hall residence. This Program Office is open daily this week from 9 am until 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.  If you have any questions or need to contact us for any reason, please contact this NYCE program office directly and not the general Oxbridge Academic Programs office. We can be reached by email or phone:

Email: newyork@oxbridgeprograms.com
Phone: 434-422-1537

If any flights to NYC change or have delayed or missed connections, please give us a call in the program office or email us. Additionally, if you have paid for “Unaccompanied Minor” service through your airline, please let us know, so that you can insure the proper documentation is brought to the airport.

As part of NYCE, all students will be required to have a lice check by certified staff before entering the dorms at Barnard College. If anyone is found to have lice or nits, they will be immediately treated before they can go to their rooms. This will cost a minimum of $150 for hair shorter than chin length, $200 below hair below chin length, $225 for hair that reaches the mid-back.  There is an additional fee of $75 for heavy cases or extra long/thick hair. Please be sure that you are lice-free before you leave home if possible. After the lice check, students will be given their room keys. Room keys remain the property of Barnard College and the fee to replace the key is $100 since the loss or theft of the key is a security risk, which means that Barnard College will need to replace the lock mechanism for the safety of future residents. This replacement key fee must be paid in cash to receive a replacement. Any student unable to return the key at end of the program will also need to pay the $100 key replacement fee.

Safe travels! We look forward to your arrival on Thursday! Come ready for adventure in this great city!

Kevin B. Held

NYCE Director

 

The Oxbridge Academic Staff is pleased to announce that all students have arrived safely and soundly. The staff was located at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark, for all student arrivals with Oxbridge Academic Program signs. Students from all corners of the globe were welcomed, and soon, the students began to settle into Barnard College. 

Below are some photos taken throughout the course of the day, from arrivals in the early morning to soccer matches during the evening. We look forward to this exciting month ahead and cannot wait to see how the students thrive in the upcoming program! 

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An early morning arrival at JFK, excited to get to campus and for the summer to get going! 

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Assembled for the Welcome Meeting outside, enjoying the pleasant NYC evening warmth. 

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Hanging out and playing board games together in the Activities Room well into the evening!  

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The global game of soccer is perfect for a program like Oxbridge with participants from all over the world. 

 

Meet the Staff!

Greetings to all the NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

The Oxbridge Academic Program staff is working hard to prepare for all of the students arrivals on Thursday. The entire staff is thrilled to meet and interact with the students. Three Deans, one Program Director, four Activities Directors, and three program assistants are currently at Barnard prepared to help the students navigate their summer in New York City. To kickstart getting to know our staff – we asked each staff member their favorite thing to do in the Big Apple.

DEANS

Meg – “I love going to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, it’s really awesome!”

Anne – “Going to the Strand!”

Scott – “Eat  Xiao Long Bao 小籠包 in New York!”

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kevin – “I love seeing Broadway shows! I have already watched Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma this summer.”

 

PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Rebecca– “Having breakfast in the Chelsea Market and heading to Artists and Fleas after.”

Elisabeth – “I like to eat lunch in Bryant Park because they have free Broadway shows in Bryant Park.”

Jennifer– “Exploring Korea town with my friends”

 

ACTIVITY DIRECTORS

Ben – “Go to the Highline!”

Brian – “Eat!”

Althea – “See a Broadway show!”

Berra – “Seeing the Haitian and Greek gallery at the Met.”

 

Please email us at newyork@oxbridgeprograms.com or contact us via phone at +1 (434)-422-1537 with any questions or comments. We have each individual student’s flight information, and our staff is equipped and excited to be waiting at Laguardia, JFK, and Newark airports for all of your arrivals.

See you soon Oxbridge students! Safe travels!

The Oxbridge Academic Staff

 

NYCE Program Office is open and ready!

Greetings to all NYCE 2019 Students and Parents!

The Oxbridge NYCE residential staff is all here now at Barnard College and working to set up everything for this summer. The deans and program assistants have checked on all the rooms and the activities directors have started booking tickets to ballgames, amusement parks, and museums. Our program office is located in Mehler Parlor inside Barnard’s Elliott Hall residence. This Program Office is open daily this week from 9 am until 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.  If you have any questions or need to contact us for any reason, please contact this NYCE program office directly and not the general Oxbridge Academic Programs office. We can be reached by email or phone:

Email: newyork@oxbridgeprograms.com
Phone: 434-422-1537

If any flights to NYC change or have delayed or missed connections, please give us a call in the program office or email us. Additionally, if you have paid for “Unaccompanied Minor” service through your airline, please let us know, so that you can insure the proper documentation is brought to the airport.

Safe travels! We look forward to your arrival on Thursday! Come ready for adventure in this great city!

Kevin B. Held

NYCE Director

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NYCE 2018 – Final Directors Update

The Final Banquet and the Awards Ceremony for Oxbridge NYCE are over, and the final dance was a blast. Pizza and movies followed the dance as students  bid each other farewell. Tears of goodbye have been shed, as students sayid adieu to new friends from the four corners of the world.

The Thursday night coffeehouse, with its public speakers, human rights advocates, and poetry readers; the Friday afternoon class exhibitions of CPR demonstrations, business pitches in a “Shark Tank” fashion, and the engineering disasters presented by the Math and Engineering students (among many other final projects); as well as the Fashion Show, the Film Screening, and the Musical Theater Showcase – these were all impressive examples of what these students have accomplished in their four short weeks here in New York City. They are an exceptionally talented group of young men and women, and the faculty and staff have been honored to be able to get to know them.

Thank you for sharing the summer with us. I hope that each and every student of NYCE 2018 brings the same energy that they felt here to their respective schools at home, as well as further afield. It was refreshing and inspiring for me, as an educator, to spend a month learning alongside them. I am sure that the friendships and connections formed this summer will have a memorable, lasting impact on all the students, as they will have on all of us here.

With warm regards,

Kevin B. Held
NYCE Director

NYCE Hits Broadway

Throughout the program, we’ve seen 9 musicals, and we can honestly say that none were so charming, heartwarming, and fun as the Musical Theater Showcase tonight. The major class wowed an enthusiastic audience with renditions of songs from Hairspray, Fame, Guys & Dolls, and many more, including crowd favorite: Chicago’s Cell Block Tango. The students had been preparing solos, duets, and group numbers all month, drawing inspiration from multiple trips down to Broadway to study their craft. It sure paid off!

Fantastic Final Presentations!

Over the past two days, we have been blown away by the quality of the presentations of our NYCE students. On Thursday night, Oxbridge hosted a Coffee House, featuring the our Creative Writing students, Human Rights students, Speech and Debate students, and Journalism students reading selections from the work they produced over the last month in classes. The space additionally was opened to any students wanting to share work. Students snacked on pastries and drank coffee

Then, on Friday we had the Final Exhibitions for many of our classes. Students traversed the Diana Center, from the Art Gallery to view fantastic Studio creations, to the Oval to watch their Sharks present business pitches. We saw Criminology discuss what justice meant to them, Computer Science walk eager participants through their self-made apps, and Math and Engineering give humor-filled presentations on the pitfalls of flawed designs.

 

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After a busy day of admiring the hard work and fine accomplishments of our students, we are even more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors. Go Oxbridge!