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Dating in the Time of Corona

Since the lockdown started, my Instagram has become a showcase of couples in confinement. Every time I tap the pink and orange Insta-icon, I am greeted by a flood of couples bonding over baking bread, puzzling through an enormous jigsaw, or even announcing they have tied the knot at the courthouse in the wake of a cancelled wedding. Times may be tough, they say, but together, they will get through this.

Great. But what about the rest of us? Us bold singles who entered into the crisis alone? 

Despite my excellent, alluring profile in last month’s Stern Singles, I myself remain unattached.…

Tales from the Frontline

It is hard to explain what I have seen and done these past few weeks, but I am going to try my best to give you insight that comes with working in a hospital in the hardest hit borough of the epicenter of this pandemic. Like the vast majority, I was naive to how intensely COVID-19 was going to hit this city. Looking back, I don’t know how because I can no longer imagine living in a world where COVID is not the center of our lives. 

I was a pediatric intensive care nurse (RN) for five years in a children’s hospital in the Bronx before I became a nurse practitioner (NP) in an oncology hospital in Manhattan.…

Post-COVID Predictions from Professor Scott Galloway

After attending the recent NYU Stern webinar ‘In Conversation with Professor Scott Galloway’ hosted by Dean Raghu Sundaram, I was interested to hear more about Galloway’s predictions for the post-COVID future.

Professor Scott Galloway is a brand strategy and marketing professor, the author of The Algebra of Happiness, co-host of the Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher and host of The Prof G Show podcast. He also has a new show on Vice called No Mercy, No Malice, that airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST.

While it’s currently unclear when (or, if ever) the world will return to “normalcy,” here are his notes on what he expects various facets of the business world to look like post-coronavirus.

Zoom Drinking Game

This semester has been…something. Going remote in the middle of the semester has been quite the experience and we’ve all had to come up with innovative ways to stay entertained. One of the many ways people have managed to make the best of online classes is by setting up drinking games. Hopefully, we will not be virtual next semester and none of these will have to be used again, but below are some of the rules Sternies have come up with. Enjoy!

Take 1 Sip:

  1. Anytime someone mentions coronavirus
  2. Every time someone says, “Sorry, I was on mute.”
  3. Every time two people talk at the same time, then stop at the same time, and then start speaking at the same time again

Take 2 Sips:

  1. Every time the professor comments on a student’s Zoom background
  2. Every time you join a breakout room

Chug your drink:

  1. If someone starts yelling to their mom/significant other/roommate without realizing they’re not on mute
  2. When someone accidentally messages something on the Zoom chat to the entire class instead of replying privately
  3. If you catch someone else drinking!

The Many Faces of Zoom Backgrounds

What better way to add some excitement to class AND cover up your messy room than a Zoom background?! As we’ve become accustomed to virtual classes, we’ve gotten creative with backgrounds and effects. Here is a taste of some of the backgrounds we’ve seen in classes, complete with the Zoom artists!

A person holding a fish in the water

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Chad Eatinger
A person looking at the camera

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Tim Sterling
A person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

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Shasanka Pradhan

And finally, for when you really can’t be bothered to look like a human, courtesy of my brother:

A picture containing yellow, green, food, water

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