By Kaori Yamaguchi
Stern Safari (Zoo) : On November 20th and 21st, 36 Stern students went on an adventure to the Bronx Zoo. There were 30 minute private sessions with an animal of their choice: sloth, penguins, giraffes, fennec fox, or 3-4 surprise animals based on zookeeper choices. We were divided into groups of 6 according to our animal choice. We were delighted to pet adorable animals during the sessions. We also fed the animals some food and enjoyed taking a lot of pictures. After the private sessions, we saw more animals in the zoo, which was also a great opportunity to catch up with classmates. The weather was perfect on both days and we enjoyed walking inside the huge zoo. It was great to have a little break from zoom fatigue and relax with endearing animals. Thank you so much for arranging this special adventure, SGov!
Classroom experience: This Fall semester was very strange and stressful for many students. Many students took class online from home, but some students were able to attend some in-person class, thanks to the tremendous effort of NYU. Students who want to enter the NYU buildings are required to undergo PCR testing every other week so that NYU can provide students with a safe environment. We can get tested on campus for free. We wear masks all the time and there is enough space between classroom seats. I took 6 classes this semester and 3 of them were held in-person. I really appreciate the in-person experiences because I can see at least some friends. When I had an online class right after the in-person class, I booked a private study room on the 2nd floor or in the basement so I didn’t need to rush to go back home to take class. The buildings are sanitized everyday so students can study safely while minimizing the risk of COVID. We really appreciate these learning opportunities despite the global pandemic. We crushed Fall 2020!
By Colin Foreman
Golf outing: 50 students across the full-time and Langone program gathered across two Sunday afternoons in November at the Chelsea Piers driving range. Fully sponsored by SGov, participants got to enjoy a full hour-long session of driving range practice. Located right on the Hudson River, a cool Autumn breeze filled the air, though space heaters kept everyone comfortable. When asked how the event was, one student commented “I’ve never golfed before, so this was the perfect way to try it out and get to catch-up with my Sternie friends who I haven’t seen in a while”. Though none of the participants were even close to being ready for the PGA tour, we can at least say we swung for the fences and had some fun. Special shout out to Shannon O’Brien in OSE who organized the event in conjunction with the SGov Events Committee!
Pumpkin carving: 18 students gathered in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow on Friday October 23rd for an afternoon of pumpkin carving. The event was BYOP (bring your own pumpkin), though SGov provided premium carving kits and a dope 90s summer hits inspired playlist. The carved pumpkins ranged from ghoulish to glamorous, and one participant even brought his own skeleton props to go the extra mile in creating his masterpiece. Skeletor from the ‘Masters of the Universe’ TV show would have been proud! The weather forecast hadn’t looked too promising the night before the event, causing ample stress to the event’s organizers, but a beautiful sunny day was luckily enjoyed by all. Prizes were awarded to pumpkins across several categories, including pumpkin with the best vibes, best effort participation pumpkin, and the coveted MVP award (Most Valuable Pumpkin). SGov hopes to make this an annual tradition going forward. Special shout out to the SGov Community team who organized the event!