Moving to the big, scary city is a huge jump — New York City boasts a culture of its own that no one is really prepared for. But NYU students have to make more than the jump to the city. Adjusting to college, NYC and especially a new country can be tough — certainly so if you’re doing it all at once. Overcoming culture shock is no easy feat, but the central theme of this issue is that the adaptation, not the initial jolt, creates the stories you remember.
Culture shock doesn’t have to be solitary. It’s something that most of us will experience, especially as we adjust to life at NYU’s global campus, in NYC’s five international boroughs and beyond — from our first subway rats to last night’s $1 pizza — we find our own definitions of what makes us feel at home.