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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Staff Rants: School-life balance

As the semester starts to kick in, the WSN staff shares their experiences with balancing — or at least trying to balance — their academic and social lives.
Max Van Hosen
The WSN staff share their struggles as the semester takes off. (Illustration by Max Van Hosen)

On self-care

Molly Koch — Opinion Editor

Between going to class and working 20 hours a week, I never have time for myself. I have to pick and choose my battles between doing homework to be ahead and less stressed, picking up another shift because money is money or taking the day off to read a book that’s been on my to-read list for ages.

On switching things up

Abi Rivera — Opinion Editor

The routine of academic life gets so tedious. I feel like all I do is walk up and down Lafayette Street. I like to switch things up sometimes and embark on a detour — that way my chances of running into Timothée Chalamet increase exponentially.

On making class friends

Nikkala Kovacevic — Deputy Opinion Editor

When school takes up so much of your time, you sometimes have to kill two birds with one stone and attempt to socialize with your classmates. That’s not to say that I don’t love being the mysterious, anonymous girl who silently sits in the corner of the classroom. However, every now and then, I try to engage in conversation. But have you ever tried to ask your class friend to take the next step and hang out IRL? Terrifying.

On buying class materials

Valentina Plevisani — Deputy Opinion Editor

This semester, my journalism class is requiring students to subscribe to Adobe Premiere Pro, buy equipment insurance, and get an SD card and hard drive to top it all off. Between these out-of-pocket expenses and what we already pay to study here, my funds are dwindling.

On going back home after class

Andrea Lui — Dining Editor

Tell me why the MTA bus system NEVER works. It doesn’t even matter what time of the day it is; it could be rush hour or just past midnight, and the bus will never come. I always feel personally betrayed by the live tracking on Google Maps — nothing but false promises when my 10:20 p.m. ETA really becomes 11:06.

On not being able to wake up early

Krish Dev — Deputy News Editor

Every night, I tell myself that tomorrow will be the day I wake up before 7 a.m. and work on the ever-growing list of tasks on my notes app. But then I inevitably sleep past the 20 alarms I set and end up rolling out of bed 30 minutes before my first class. I don’t know why I’m unable to wake up; it can’t be because I sleep a few hours after midnight — how else am I meant to keep up with all my school work, manage extracurriculars, make new college friends, and stay in touch with the friends I left behind in high school?

On equilibrium

Naisha Roy — Deputy Managing Editor

My work and life are balanced in that they both bring me equal amounts of pain.

On balance and life

Yezen Saadah — News Editor

Balance? Life?? I never heard tell of those words before.


WSN’s Opinion section strives to publish ideas worth discussing. The views presented in the Opinion section are solely the views of the writers.

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About the Contributors
Molly Koch
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor
Molly Koch is a junior in Gallatin concentrating in journalism as an art form. They’re fascinated by classical literature and its influence on the power of the written word. When they are not writing, you can find them reading their way through their endless TBR, running along the Hudson or Facetiming their dog.
Abi Rivera
Abi Rivera, Opinion Editor
Abi Rivera is a CAS Junior and OP Scholar studying Environmental studies and Spanish. She loves leadership, the color purple and reptiles.
Nikkala Kovacevic
Nikkala Kovacevic, Deputy Opinion Editor
Nikkala Kovacevic is a senior majoring in Journalism and Cinema Studies originally from San Diego, California. You can reach her on Instagram @nikkalak or [email protected].
Valentina Plevisani
Valentina Plevisani, Deputy Opinion Editor
Valentina Plevisani is a junior majoring in Politics and Journalism and minoring in Italian. Born and raised in Peru she hopes to be a political journalist and is obssessed with reading. When she's not writing you can find her baking, down a Wikipedia rabbit hole or, honestly just taking a nap.
Andrea Lui
Andrea Lui, Dining Editor
Andrea Lui is a sophomore at Stern studying Business with concentrations in Finance and Computing & Data Science and a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology. She developed a profound love for writing while performing poetry, prose and dramatic monologues for over 10 years as a competitive public speaker. At NYU, she's also an Admissions Ambassador and serves as the External Relations Co-Director of the Board of Undergraduate Stern Women in Business. Andrea is on a mission to try every single restaurant in New York City … Check out @lui.andrea on Instagram to see if she succeeds.
Krish Dev
Krish Dev, Multimedia Editor
Krish is a first-year planning to major in Computer Science and Linguistics at CAS. In his free time, he enjoys posting photos on @krish_dev.creations, obsessing over geography, watching new films with friends, taking public transport to new places and letting Arsenal make or break his week.
Yezen Saadah
Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief
Yezen Saadah is a junior studying cinema studies, journalism and Middle Eastern studies. He's a lover of cinema, history, art and literature, and he enjoys writing about pretty much anything. If he isn't in the newsroom or at the movies, he's probably just trying to enjoy his day off. Contact him on Instagram @yezen.saadah or send tips to [email protected]
Naisha Roy
Naisha Roy, Editor-at-Large
Naisha Roy is a second-year studying journalism and Spanish & Linguistics. She loves covering topics like immigration issues and NYU policies. In her free time, she's probably doing the daily crossword or cooking while listening to Taylor Swift. She loves spending her weekends finding cheap food spots around the city with her four best friends. You can reach out to her on Instagram @naisharoy9 if you ever need to rant about how AP Style doesn't use the Oxford Comma.

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