Posts Tagged ‘New York University’

Ice-Breaking With New Friends

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Coming from a small island, I kept my childhood friends close. I met three of my closest friends in kindergarten, so my adult self was out of practice in friend-making. I have had the same group of friends for so long that I doubted that others could fill the gap when I had to leave them for NYU. Meeting Eric, Javi, and others friends at the move-in party was a miracleUnfortunately though, I was friendless in my classes.

Eric, Javi, and others friends were in different classes. For a while I kept to myself in all my classes, unable to get over my shyness. I would enviously eavesdrop on my classmates’ conversations. I needed friends in my difficult classes, a study partner, a study group to survive the workload.

I thought it was unlucky that NYU Steinhardt required students to take a New Student Seminar class. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in a classroom full of freshman. Ramy Ebied, my academic advisor, put all of us into pairs to break the ice with our fellow classmates. He paired me with the very tall and handsome Luke, so I became even more nervous when it came time to start the ice breaker. Fortunately, Ramy gave us three topics to get us started. 

Ramy’s Icebreaker Questions:

  1. Where you are from?
  2. What our names mean or how we got them?
  3. Something challenging about college so far or something you enjoy about college so far?

Luke and I became acquaintances, then close friends. He decided to start a study group before our first psychology exam, inviting our whole class. Only a handful showed up, but it was nice to finally be in an intimate environment where I could talk with my fellow classmates. Now I have many acquaintances in that class and one cool close friend in Luke. 

Meeting Luke helped me open up. I eventually made close friends with Hannah, a senior from painting class. Last class she invited me to get food with her after. I agreed to stop at a Shake Shack where Hannah and I had our first non-school conversation, about our futures, her dog, and my anxieties. As we were walking back to Washington Square Park, she told me that I was always welcome to join her at the dog park with her and her adorable dog.

My initial mistake was that I figured college would be like high school, that people stay within the realm of their grade or class and don’t form friendships across those boundaries. I have never seen a high school senior and a high school freshman develop a mutual friendship. But I learned to stop comparing the larger-than-life NYU to my tiny high school.

College is a fresh start to go outside of your bubble and meet new people across the boundaries.


  1. Open up to people, especially if they are opening up to you.
  2. Say yes to group activities or events. There you will meet people who will have a lot in common with you.
  3. College is nothing like high school, all the grades/levels blend together into one collective, so don’t be intimidated. 
  4. Make a few close friends, those you can share an intimate chat with. 

By Solana Joan Suazo

Solana is a freshman at NYU Steinhardt, studying art and psychology. Solana spends many hours walking around lower Manhattan with her friends, sketching in the park, or finding new inspirations for her art around the city. When she isn’t playing volleyball or meditating, she’s usually watching Game of Thrones with her roommate, daydreaming about California beaches and buys, or painting a new picture for art class. She loves coffee, chocolate, and ramen, of course.

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Sandy Leaves Her Mark

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

If you’ve been in the New York area or pretty much anywhere on the East coast, the past couple of weeks have been very hectic due to Hurricane Sandy. As a student of New York University, we’ve just begun getting back to schedule due to the hurricane. We lost a week’s worth of classes, and it has been very hard on teachers who needed to either cut some coursework out or pack a week’s worth of lectures into what little time we have left until Thanksgiving. Downtown New York lost electricity for over four days, including the financial district, resulting in over four billion dollars lost in productivity.Photo courtesy of CNN Wall Street was closed for two days, making that the longest time its been closed since the blizzard of 1888. There’s been a lot of news about the hurricane, but as this is my first year in New York (I’m originally from Los Angeles), I didn’t realize just how much damage Sandy did until I read the news. Some parts of Jersey and greater New York still don’t have power; a friend of mine who’s from Long Island still didn’t have electricity, so I lent him my room so that he has Wi-Fi and a hot shower. My residence hall lost power, but only for four days. Other people were hit much harder. In today’s Wall Street Journal, a front page story was about rebuilding in Jersey. This hurricane did a lot of damage.

But life goes on, and we go back to work. We get up and rebuild. If that’s not enough, we go on to do better things. We reelected Barack Obama. Photo courtesy of YahooObama won over 300 electoral votes (270 is required to win), and the joy that I felt was reflected in the faces of many others. A landslide victory that night, despite the hurricane which was only a week before. People filled the streets of New York, cheering the reelection and our democracy. Aaron Sorkin, writer of West Wing and The Newsroom, perhaps captures it best: “America’s darkest days have been followed by its finest hours.” Sure, we’ve had the hurricane, and we lost lives and billions of dollars in damages, but our ability to spring back, and rebuild, are examples of our tenacity.