Important Arrival Information Sent To Your Inbox

If you haven’t already, please check your inboxes for Brian Dooley’s follow up email about move-in, welcome week, and other miscellaneous arrival information. Additionally, The DC Advocate has very important arrival instructions, complete with a packing list and orientation schedule.

Here are some other documents for you to review:

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Writings From Washington!

Dear Future NYUDC Student,

This morning to start the day—before diving into continuously getting ready for y’alls arrival—I decided to take a morning stroll and take some pictures for my final Writings from Washington blogpost.  I walked through the neighborhoods you are all about to call home, and passed some soon-to-be familiar sights for all of you.

New York

I went south down 14th Street, passing the Blue/Orange Metro Station that so many of you are about to walk to every morning, continuing past the best named street in all of DC (pictured above) and decided to turn down F St.   It was easy for me to resist going shopping in Metro Center because a majority of the stores were still closed since it was so early.  J. Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, and Zara, all got my longing glances, but none of my money.

I continued down F and passed 10th Street, where Lincoln’s Legacy at the Ford Theater lives, and came upon a New York staple—Shake Shack—where my favorite fries will once again be served.  Across the street from the Shack, is my favorite museum in all of DCThe National Portrait Gallery.  Hometo a complete gallery of portraits of the US Presidents, and a beautiful atrium where you can eat or read in peace, this place is a great one to get lost in for an afternoon.

Metro Center

Turning left at the Portrait Gallery and continuing north on 7th Street, I passed the Verizon Center and entered Gallery Place/Chinatown.  There are a lot of great restaurants, shopping venues (including a Bed Bath & Beyond), and other places to hang out.

chinatown

After that, I headed straight up 7th and made a left after Mt. Vernon Square, passing the Convention Center and continued on home to NYUDC just in time for a Staff Meeting.

As for now, it’s time for me to sign off and continue preparing for your arrival.  I’ll see you all soon!

Warmly,

RLA Amy.

PS- Welcome to your home away from home!

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Packing & Travel Tips From Your Site Representative

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in our time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will be away. They sometimes block cards access thinking your card has been stolen and/or compromised.
  • Bring a small bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for weekend trips.
  • If you’re flying down to DC, don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying.
  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though, remember, you can’t take any through security).
  • Make several photocopies of your passport and/or ID and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while away—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while away. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of being away from home is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!
  • Buy a journal.  Study away is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.
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Looking To Mentor?

Looking for a mentor?  The NYU Washington, DC mentor program connects active alumni volunteers to current students studying in Washington, DC. The program fosters learning through the experience and expertise. It also serves as a platform for practical guidance for students, exposing them to alumni in a wide variety of disciplines and industries. The initiative, overall, reflects NYU’s commitment to a supportive and interdisciplinary model.  If you would like to apply for the program, please visit the Mentorship Program page.

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The NYU Washington, DC Advocate

You should have received your first weekly newsletter from NYU Washington, DC, appropriately named the NYU Washington, DC Advocate, on Monday, August 18.  Please read through and respond appropriately as it has many important details about move in and welcome week.

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Global Language Network

While NYU Washington, DC does not offer formal foreign language courses for credit, we have established a partnership with a local non-profit, the Global Language Network (GLN), that offers over 60 languages from the beginner through advanced level for weekly, non-credit conversation based language study. This is the perfect way to keep up a language you are studying or begin a new language. Our partnership permits priority registration for NYU students, guaranteeing you a seat in any language class you like – and classes are free! To learn more about the GLN courses and philosophy, please see their website. Contact Michael Ulrich <mu15@nyu.edu> if you’d like to learn more.

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Internship

If you are planning to participate in an internship, but have not contacted Tom McIntyre <tom.mcintyre@nyu.edu> please do so now. Students who receive assistance to secure an internship must enroll in the internship course.

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