Alright, kids: you might be thinking that this will be some snarky post by some disillusioned senior about all the wacky stuff you should and shouldn’t do in freshman year. But honestly? I’m going to give you some pretty good, basic advice on how to have the best freshman year ever. Face it: you’ll only be a freshman in college once (hopefully) and you’re in an amazing city at an amazing school. People like to hate on NYU—but maybe, just for a second, we can focus our attention on some positive social aspects of this place.
DON’T: Sleep With Your Floor-mates
Wow, we’re really heating up quickly! This is a pretty advanced “don’t,” seeing as school has been in session for a week and a half. But this is really important. You’re meeting a whole new group of people for the first time in a long time (maybe ever!), and a lot of them are really “nice” and cute! But, do you really want to hook up with someone living on your floor? You guys live on the same floor. Are you sure you want to make your floormates choose between you or them once the honeymoon period is over?
DO: Sleep With Somebody
Freshman year is like a sexual renaissance, which means you should sleep with someone, right? Right! If you’re a virgin you might be nervous because you feel like you’ve missed out on all that high school heavy petting, but have no fear. The non-virgins are inexperienced too, they just don’t know it yet.
DON’T: Wear NYU Gear Around Campus
You’re here, okay, I get it—Village, NYU, yes. But the fact that you’re wearing an NYU t-shirt/sweatshirt/whatever to class is embarrassing. Especially those dumb lanyards! NYU makes it really easy for you to swipe in and out of any building, but I promise: if you’re trying to look “cool” (which is what freshman year is really all about) put the lanyard on the ground and back away slowly with your hands up. You’re in college now, and hopefully you have this little thing us pros like to call a wallet.
DO: Maximize Your Meal Plan’s Potential
Of course I’m not condoning stealing or anything—you should be making the most of that pricey meal plan. Obviously don’t sneak snacks from places like Kimmel or Upstein (because that’s stealing), but do consider filling your to-go cup with cereal when you’re walking out of Hayden. Can you say “tomorrow’s breakfast?”
DON’T: Use The Word “Hipster”
DO: Befriend Upperclassmen
I promise we won’t bite. You might think that all your homies from the dining hall know what’s up in terms of parties and events (and I’m sure some of them do), but instead of focusing all of your attention on those losers, why not try making friends with the kids that actually know what’s going on? If you’re not sure how or where to approach upperclassmen, I would suggest first checking whatever language class you’re in. Seeing as a lot of NYU schools have language requirements and a lot of students wait until the last minute to fulfill them, chances are you’ll run into an upperclassman along the way.