Grad Student How-To: Have Fun without Spending a Ton
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When I first told people I was moving to NYC for graduate school, many of my friends asked how I would find people to socialize with and how I would afford to do things in the city? I am not the most frugal person in the world, so their questions were valid. To be completely honest, I had not idea how I was going to meet people or how I would afford anything, but NYU provided me with resources to help make it easy and affordable. Read this post and help me, help you because this one is for you.
1. Ticket Central: This is your one stop shop for everything recreational, and basically your ticket to NYC! Whether you want to go see a movie, Broadway/Off-Broadway show, sporting event, performing arts event, etc., check out Ticket Central for student discounted tickets! I have personally used TC to go see Broadway shows such as Cats, Bandstand, Wicked, and The Great Comet. My favorite part about this resource is that occasionally they will send e-mail updates about premieres for upcoming plays and musicals where the tickets are FREE, and all you do is RSVP. Free is always the place to be!
2. Graduate Student Life Events and Programs: Fall and Spring Welcome Weeks are at the beginning of each semester to orient first-year graduate students in the unique experience of NYU. The weeks consist of workshops, programs, and social events for new AND returning graduate students. You could meet your best grad school friends at these events. All this happens as you dive into the programs and resources NYU will have to offer you as a student. Last year's Welcome Week had a pop-up vintage shop, Broadway night, drag karaoke, and even a screening of HBO's Girls with cast members Alex Karpovsky and Jon Glaser.
3. Skirball Center for Performing Arts: The Skirball Center is the largest performing arts center south of Times Square. It hosts both NYU and non-NYU productions. The 2016-2017 season brought productions from National Theatre Live, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, the Rockettes, the New York Times Timestalk with Ben Affleck, and many more. The best part about Skirball is that it's right on campus, so you can plan to attend an event around your class schedule. Also, as an NYU student your tickets are guaranteed to be $15 or less, no matter the occasion.
4. NYU Museum Gateway: Again, free is the place to be! I mean seriously, who doesn't love free adventures in the city? Most museums offer student discounts on admission to view their collections, and many offer absolute free admission to NYU students. As an NYU student, you are guaranteed free entry to experience the art and culture at any of the following museums:
El Museo del Barrio
Grey Art Gallery
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Museum of the Moving Image
Rubin Museum of Art
The Frick Collection
The Jewish Museum
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Whitney Museum of American Art
If you don't want to break your bank, but you do want to rack up some awesome experiences that will have your friends back home wondering how you are living your best life - always check out the NYU graduate student social scene. Trust me, your bank account will thank you in the long run!