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Stern Hobbies: From babybacks to bacon

By Ryan Bedell

As part of our new “Stern Hobbies” series, The Oppy is taking a look at off-the-beaten-path interests among some of our classmates at Stern. If you have a hobby you would like to write about, please e-mail the Oppy at oppy@stern.nyu.edu. Today’s feature comes from Langone student Ryan Bedell.

In 2014, on the island of Jeju off the southern coast of South Korea, my life was forever changed. I could point to the growth that happened in my year there, or the friends I made, or even the severely broken foot I suffered in a rather serious motorcycle accident.…

The (St)Art of Public Speaking: The Elevator Pitch

Some people are innately good at public speaking but the rest of us, unfortunately, have to work at it. It has never been something I have felt proficient in and thanks to some free time during the pandemic, it is a skill that I’m trying to develop. From reading books, to listening to podcasts, and sometimes talking to myself (all in the name of practice of course), I am going to share some of the things I learn in the next few issues of The Oppy.

Part 1: The Elevator Pitch

In business school, the importance of an elevator pitch is hammered into us.…

Virtual Races: fleeting trend or here to stay?

I won’t deny that I was not originally a fan of virtual races and I may not be completely convinced, but for us running junkies, it’s been something to do this year. 

Fall goes hand-in-hand with distance running for cross country runners and marathoners all over. High school and college cross country teams practice and compete through the hills of various parks. Marathoners tie up their laces for early morning runs and humblebrag to anyone who will listen about the 26.2 miles that they are about to embark on. The crisp air and crunchy leaves after a humid summer leads to the optimal runner’s high.…

The Pandemic Blues

I think we can all agree that the past seven months have not been easy for anyone. Humans are, for the most part, social creatures, so it’s difficult to maintain an emotional equilibrium when we lose regular contact with others. Zoom just doesn’t cut it. Many of us have noted more lability in our moods, and some may even consider themselves depressed. This is all normal and even to be expected. In fact, the medical community has a term for it – adjustment disorder.

Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions. When an individual experiences more stress than usual, related to an event or circumstances, it can trigger an emotional response and some neurochemical variability, leading to sustained feelings of being blue.…

Admin’s guide on how to navigate virtual MBA Events this fall

By Shannon O’Brien (OSE, Blue Block SP20) and Katie Malen-Gamely (OCD, Green Block F17)

For those of us in New York City, you can already feel some crisp fall weather sneaking into the morning air. All the while, this fall is looking far different than we’ve ever seen at Stern. While the NYU community takes on the challenge of operating in person, while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 at all costs, classes, clubs, and career events are now the focus of Google calendars and Zoom accounts. As we work to keep each other and NYC safe, Sternies are doing their best to go about life as normal as we can.…

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