Shane and Nicole cooking some diner at @aaltodf :) nam! #FiNY
Black Girls CODE is excited to host “Build a Webpage” workshop in NY on Oct 19, 2013 at Pace University.
Sunset on the Brooklyn bridge was absolutely beautiful
Get ready for more (than the usual amount of) Finland spam for the next 10 days because holy hello I’LL BE THERE IN 10 DAYS.
Kudos to the everloving workplace: Seidenberg. heyooo
Yes! Seidenberg is leaving for Finland in 10 days to start working on PDP (Product Development Project) with Aalto University! We’re all so excited!
Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg extracts DNA from genetic material and turns them into 3-D faces.
Classes have officially begun, so you might be feeling some of that stress underneath the excitement of starting college. If so, we have more survival tips for your sake. If you’re just now catching on to this trendy survival guide, follow these links to Part 1 and Part 2. And now, without further ado, strategy number 5:
5. G E T T H R I F T Y W I T H T E X T B O O K S
Something you will notice when classes start is that 1) you’re already late on ordering textbooks 2) wow, there are a lot more books to buy than you expected and 3) these books are hella expensive. Instead of ignoring the issue altogether and not ordering books at all (thus creating a larger issue due to the fact that you will need books at some point)*, dig around a little before buying your books from the campus bookstore (sorry, Barnes and Noble). The designated campus bookstore, no matter which school you’re going to, has, can, does, and always will gyp you on book prices. Sure you can sell it back at the end of the semester….for about 2% of what you paid. An easier way to go about book buying is to Google the ISBN number you’ve been given and compare prices. Most often Chegg and Amazon have the best deals on text books. Used books are a godsend and free shipping is easy to come by if you (or a friend) have Amazon Prime (students can get a free 6 month trial, by the way).
Another thing to remember when it comes to saving on textbooks is that older students are probably eager to get rid of books they don’t need anymore. Check out forums or groups online (you’ll find most of those on Facebook these days) to see if anyone has made a post saying they have books for sale. If you can’t find the books you need in other posts, make your own post saying which books you’re looking to buy. This can be a little less reliable, but it’ll probably be the cheapest way when things work out.
* There are times when you will be told to buy a book for a class, but the professor will never mention it again and you will never need it. This usually happens in Gen-Ed/Core classes that everyone must take. Those classes will have an automated system that posts which books are needed, whether or not the professor intends to use them. For these classes, we suggest waiting until you have a syllabus or asking around about the professor you have to see if you’ll be needing the book. Nothing hurts the wallet more than buying a book you’ll never crack, especially when you realize it too late and the book store buys it back for 5$.
6. S A F E T Y
Last but not least, no one wants you to die during your freshman year. Okay, death does not happen all that often, but there are ways to avoid stupid mistakes that could injure or maim yourself and others. NYC is a place that does not cater to the careless or hesitant and keeping a keen eye on your surroundings is essential. First of all, traffic here is unrelenting. Cars, bikers, and pedestrians all think the city revolves around them and in their hasty lifestyles, they do not have time to short-stop each time someone isn’t paying attention. Anticipate the traffic around you to avoid collisions.
Another unavoidable issue for Freshmen is substance abuse. Everyone is exposed to the experimental environment that is Freshman Year of College. If you’re participating, take it little by little. There have been many cases where freshmen try too many things in too little time and their bodies cannot handle it, if you get the drift, here.
NYC is also home to many people who will nick your belongings if you’re not being careful. The issue is blown out of proportion by the media and non-New Yorkers, yes, but it does happen often enough to still be a problem. Some people still go as far as keeping two wallets with them, one empty and one with their necessities. This way, any pickpockets or thieves are likely to take an empty wallet, which is definitely preferable to having all your cards and money stolen. We believe the most important thing is to have caution in crowded areas. Any pickpockets are going to have their eyes on people on the other side of a crowded train, or in front of them on a crowded sidewalk. In the rush that accompanies a large crowd, pickpockets have it easy if you’re not careful. Headphones will make you an easier target. Sunglasses will make you a more difficult target. But overall, being alert is going to be the most effective protection against theft.
This list could go on and on, but the semester has started and you’ll be learning so many new things that only these essentials will be necessary to learn. Hopefully you are all able to wean some sort of wisdom from those of us who have experienced Freshman year and made it out alive and well with good grades and good friends. Most of all we wish you luck with these first few months of the rest of your lives.
what do you call this color gradient?
black to the fuchsia
Above: photos from Kalevi Ekman’s design workshop. Ekman comes from Aalto University’s design factory and came to us in NYC to discuss different aspects in design, from conceptualization to prototyping, to pitching, to developing. Attendees even got to experience the thrill of design when challenged to design a smoke detector that could stand out from the typical white, circular detectors available today. The results ranged from absurdly interesting to practical, but everyone learned a few important lessons about design in the end.
More photos and a short video will be available by Thursday on Seidenberg’s Facebook!
In case you missed Part 1 of our Survival guide, have no fear. You can find it here.
If you’re still anxious about starting college, and need more survival strategies, please help yourself to the next few tips for an excellent start to your college career.
3. F I N D S U P P O R T I V E F R I E N D S
One of the most stress inducing factors of starting over in a new place is finding the right friends. In college, however, friends come easily enough in the first few weeks. You’ll always find someone to partner up with while no one knows anyone else. These friendships can be helpful for getting you through the first few weeks, but once everyone starts settling into their niches, those friends might not hang around for one reason or another. Instead of counting on those first-week-friends, how about finding friends who you really connect with instead. These will be the fellows whose company you will continue to enjoy throughout your college career. Choosing wisely can be easier than you think.
To find the people you really connect with, seek those within your major or join clubs, teams, or organizations that you’re enthusiastic about. Start a conversation after one of your first classes about something that came up in class. This will give you a nice break from the usual ‘Where ya from? What’s your major? What classes are ya taking?’ After that, if you both have a free hour or so, grab some food together and make plans to meet up before the next class. Easy.
For those of you who are incoming Seidenbergers, come hang out in the lounge at 163 Williams St (2nd floor). There is always a group of students in the lounge playing games, hanging out, or working on projects. It’s a great way to ease in to the Seidenberg community. Even better, doing this will help you with tip #2, as many of the Seidenberg faculty members interact with the students who hang out in the lounge. You’ll inevitably get to know most of the faculty and students as you spend more time at 163. Easy!
4. G E T TO K N O W N Y C
The big city can be severely overwhelming for the many students who have not grown up in and around it. The only way to get over the whelm is to explore. Initially, it’ll feel expensive, which it is if you don’t know where to go. It can be a lot of fun to go out and walk around without an agenda to find tiny unheard of cafes, boutiques, street performers, or anything else you can think of because NYC has everything you can think of. Obviously, the main tourist spots might hold some attraction for first timers, but going out into the lesser known areas of the city can reveal a whole new side to the culture around you. There are dozens of parks that aren’t Central Park, there are dozens of squares that aren’t Times Square. Each location comes with a unique quality that can’t be found elsewhere. Also, remember that Manhattan is not the only borough in NYC. The other boroughs are rich with things to do that you would never think of if you stay in Manhattan. There’s a lot to do in the city; sometimes it feels like too much. If you can’t think of any one thing to do, don’t be afraid to simplify your experience. You can get a lot out of NYC just by people watching or riding a bike around town.
Aside from wandering around and coming across different things in the city at random, Pace has many events that will cater to your exploratory needs as a freshman. Welcome Week offers a host of events for a low price (if not for free) and here at Seidenberg we are involved in a great deal of things that offer cool opportunities for tours and/or visits of start ups or large companies. Being actively involved in these events is a great way to get to know the nitty-gritty of NYC. These events can introduce you to NYC companies and people that can add to your education and help shape your path towards whichever type of New Yorker you’re trying to be.
The third and final part of Seidenberg’s Survival Strategies will be up next week! Until then, process and begin to embody the tips you’ve been given!
Professor Kalevi Ekman. Director of the world-renowned Design Factory at Aalto University will conduct a workshop on Design Thinking in Higher Education on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Seidenberg School, at Pace University, 163 William Street, room 236 from 11:00 – 2:30 PM.
The essence of Design Factory is its unique blend of creative, meeting and social spaces. Design Factory also hosts research projects for industry and nurtures start-up companies in the adjacent ‘Venture Garage’. Aligning the needs of students and industry, Professor Ekman is a leading expert on combining university and corporate resources to create meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty. Lunch will be served.
Space is limited! Get your tickets now!
Somebody asked once if we could make a list of tiny HTML codes. I thought it was a great idea, and I almost forgot! So this is a small guide, or well, a set of codes you can use in your themes and also in your description and your pages. Most of the times all you have to do is copy and paste, so it’s not very complicated, I promise.
2nd year actress Magan Carrigan with Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake is officially an Inside The #ActorsStudio alumnus and treated us to a fantastic evening with inspiring insights.
Some of our Seidenbergers got to go and they won’t shut up about it!
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