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Stern Somebody: Eryn Park

The Oppy staff is proud to continue a feature called “Stern Somebody,” telling the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

If there is one place Eryn Park never thought she would be at this point in her life, it’s a soon-to-be MBA graduate working as a product marketing manager for a sustainable beauty brand. Since childhood, she’s always dreamed of moving to NYC and becoming a pastry chef. She cites the muffin man scene from Shrek as having a huge impact on her. The gumdrop buttons! So she packed up, moved across the country for undergrad at NYU, and worked her way up from fine dining kitchen intern to executive pastry chef.…

A Tale of the NYC Marathon

It was the perfect fall morning. I had only gotten four hours of sleep, despite daylight savings. But that’s to be expected. It’s rare to get a good night’s sleep the night before a big race. With marathons, you typically focus on getting a lot of sleep the week leading up to the race. I hadn’t managed that either, but I knew I’d survive.

I was supposed to be on the 5:45am ferry to Staten Island. Yeah, okay. There was no way I was going to be on that ferry. I had no intention of spending multiple hours hanging out in Staten Island before a 9:10 start.…

Stern Hobbies: Woodworking

Perhaps some of you have already noticed, but a year of being kept almost exclusively at home can do a number on your social skills (read: patience). I began to realize this the first time I saw lines of people again at the grocery store and waiting to enter an outdoor bar. The ability to be comfortable in social settings is a delicate balance that’s easy to throw off kilter- too much interaction and you could get overwhelmed (like me), too little and you’ve lost all the requisite patience to maintain and build relationships. 

As I struggled with rebuilding that patience, I found myself at times more interested in continuing my stay at home orders rather than adhering to the constantly changing Covid mandates.…

Stern Hobbies: Leaving yourself in stitches

The goal of most businesses, particularly one run by a business school student, is to make money. Langone student Cynthia Jung, however, has found another purpose.

“My selling platform is really not meant to sell,” she says. “It’s actually meant to get people to stop asking me to make them things for free constantly.”

Given the time and money Cynthia puts into knitting, it’s hard to argue. And make no mistake, Cynthia is a serious knitter, spending upwards of 30 hours on some of her projects. Her knitting-specific Instagram feed shows off the full range of her work, from beanies to bikinis, and even if profit isn’t the goal, she is still managing to get complete strangers for customers.…

Stern Hobbies: Bookstagram

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 or be interviewed about, please e-mail the Oppy at oppy@stern.nyu.edu. Today’s feature is a Q&A with MBA student, Natasha Raskin.

Natasha Raskin lives in two worlds, one is the world of books. Whether it’s a murder mystery, historical fiction or a biography, she has always found comfort and joy in reading. 

In the spring of 2018, Raskin and her friend, Madeleine Boyce, decided to start an Instagram account dedicated to book recommendations and reviews.…

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