Paired with a Welcome by NYU President Andy Hamilton, as well as other key voices at NYU, including Provost Katherine Fleming and SGA President Nicky Nenkov, the Reality Show features artistic expression wrapped in music and comedy — highlighting the talent of NYU students and alumni. This ambitious project was created over the summer from homes across the world. It depicts the real thoughts and feelings of NYU students and alums as they face and persevere against the global challenges of the current moment, reflecting the curiosity, strength and love with which they tackle uncertainty and the change they seek.

The Presidential Welcome and Reality Show premiered at 7PM EDT on September 1, 2020.


Highlights and Resources

Mental Health and Counseling

Stress and anxiety are normal in college. And right now the world can feel even more stressful. If you find yourself losing interest in things that once brought you joy or you're constantly having negative thoughts, you may be experiencing anxiety or depression. Let this community be the voice that reminds you that you are not alone. There is no shame in asking for help for yourself or for a friend. The Reality is: your life is worth it.


Diversity and Inclusion

Through the challenges and the triumphs, we enter the NYU Beloved Community together. Each of us is unique with different perspectives and lived experiences and we must come together to lift each other up with empathy, curiosity, compassion and love. Even when we challenge one another or disagree, we will learn from one another and celebrate each other’s differences.


Healthy and Safety

Every student, faculty member, staff member, and administrator has a role to play in keeping every other member of this community safe from the spread of COVID-19. Testing, symptom checks, contact tracing and other strategies and restrictions are more than rules and limits. They are ways to show respect for the survival of those learning and working alongside you. We make a significant impact on everyone’s well-being by wearing a mask, complying with physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. We are in this together, and together we must keep each other safe.