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Lorraine Olaya, Deputy Managing Editor

Lorraine Olaya is a senior majoring in English with minors in Creative Writing and French. She is a native New Yorker, born in Queens, but also doesn't shut up about the fact that she's Colombian. When she's not drowning in work (which is almost never), she spends her time writing poetry, reading cheesy YA fiction, and pretending like she understands most pop culture references (yes, she was that PBS kid who wasn’t allowed to watch Spongebob). If you would like to send her cute animal pics, you can find her on Instagram @lorri.o.

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How to master studying abroad

Here are our tips to help you make the most out of your semester abroad.
Dec 14, 2022

We’re back with another guide to help make your study abroad experience as easy and fun as possible. Now, after preparing to study away, you’re finally stepping onto your...

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Staff Rants: Our time abroad

Members of WSN’s staff who have studied away during their time at NYU reflect on their experiences and discuss what they’d do differently.
Dec 9, 2022

When I studied in Paris last semester,  I traveled quite a bit — sometimes impulsively — and my classes started to feel trivial. Does my homework really matter when I could...

An illustration of an orange suitcase with a purple handbag on top, a United States passport, a boarding pass from New York to London, and a smartphone.

Studying abroad next semester? Here’s what to prepare

So, you got accepted to study abroad next semester. Now what? Here’s what you should start thinking about before your semester abroad.
Oct 31, 2022

Congratulations, you’ve gotten accepted to study abroad next semester! However, before the fun starts, there’s a lot of planning to do. Here are some tips and advice on what...

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Staff Rants: Midterms and midterms

It’s the middle of the term! The WSN staff offers our thoughts on our exam-packed weeks and the ongoing congressional election season.
Oct 24, 2022

On unoriginality: It’s really unoriginal of NYU to hold midterm exams during the midterm elections. As an academic institution that discourages plagiarism, it shouldn’t steal...

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Native New Yorkers on Balancing Family and Independence

First-generation and native New Yorker students reflect on finding their sense of independence at college and how they balance that with family and strict immigrant parents.
Oct 20, 2022

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Ranked: What is the best NYU dining hall?

A senior’s ranking of NYU’s dining halls — take this with a grain of salt since the university's dining options don’t have any.
Sep 19, 2022

As a veteran of the NYU Eats dining hall experience, it’s about time I lend my four years of expertise to answer the long-debated question: What are the best dining halls? With...

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Staff Rants: First day of classes

Welcome, or welcome back! WSN staff shares our thoughts and feelings about the start of the semester.
Sep 1, 2022

On Thursday: NYU feels very comfortable disrupting the traditional week by starting classes on a Thursday — and not only a regular Thursday, but a Thursday before a long weekend....

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Photo: Navigating the Paris food scene with dietary restrictions

May 7, 2022

Marché Central de Nancy in France. (Staff Photo by Lorraine Olaya)

Shirene Anand: Victoria’s comfort in this shoot was what made this such a success. The props — stickers and a tangerine — helped hone the entire shoot and highlight theme as well. (Photo by Shirene Anand)

Victoria Abraham on fat liberation and authenticity

College of Arts and Sciences senior educates by simply existing online as a fat person.
Dec 10, 2021

Victoria Abraham seems like a typical NYU senior, working toward finishing her public policy degree and thinking about what she might do after graduation. With her down-to-earth...

There are other adjectives we can use to celebrate holidays — not just “merry” Christmas. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Christmas is a lexical glutton

All holidays are not created equal, and this inequality has been compounded by our very vocabulary. This Christmas season, let us right this wrong.
Dec 3, 2021

Imagine, if you will, that you’re visiting your significant other’s family for Thanksgiving. Before you even knock, the patriarch throws the door open and offers you a hearty...

“Encanto,” Disney’s newest animated movie, features a Colombian family and was released on Nov. 24. Receiving scores of 7.7/10 on IMDb and and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is likely one of Disney’s best films since “Frozen.” (Image courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Review: Disney’s ‘Encanto’ has the Latine representation we’ve all been waiting for

Released on Nov. 24, Disney’s new animated film “Encanto” presents a welcome depiction of vibrant Colombian culture.
Dec 3, 2021

Say what you will about Disney, Lin-Manuel Miranda or musicals — there is finally a movie representing me, a Colombian woman, so you know I had to see it.  I don’t even...

Ranked: Student lounges

Ranked: Student lounges

Because there are places to study other than Kimmel or Bobst.
Nov 15, 2021

Forty-degree weather means it’s time to find an on-campus spot to chill at for the winter instead of shivering in Washington Square Park. Whether you need to do homework, meet...

(Staff Photo by Brooke Nguyen)

Dear New York City

A native New Yorker rediscovers her love for the city
Oct 18, 2021

New York, this is my love letter to you. It’s been some time since I’ve seen the sparkle in your water and sunset reflecting off your buildings. And it’s been a while since...

NYU students protested when former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez was invited to speak at an NYU event about sustainability and climate politics. NYU is not doing a sufficient job of acknowledging the contributions that the Latine community has made to the university. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Why doesn’t NYU celebrate Latine workers’ and students’ contributions during Hispanic Heritage Month?

NYU would not be able to function without Latine staff and faculty. From servers in dining halls to administrative workers, the university relies on the Latine community and must do more to uplift it.
Oct 7, 2021

NYU loves to brag about its diversity. But the institution fails to appreciate the value that students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and identities add to the NYU...

An exploration of the impact a global pandemic can have on ones body and self-image. (Illustration by Natalie Olaya/natalieolaya.com)

Flaca o gorda: My struggle with pandemic weight gain

My journey dealing with the effects of weight gain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 30, 2021

Content warning: This piece discusses weight gain and body image issues. I stand in front of the mirror, my hands on the jeans bunched up around my thighs. They refuse to be...

Despite the wave of hate crimes and the history of xenophobia against their community, Asian Americans remain strong. (Illustration by Sally Chen.)

Even before they were a headline

A collaborative poetry piece written to celebrate people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate
May 6, 2021

Disclaimer: This collaborative work was not created by someone of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; however, it was compiled using the words of contributors, credited at the end,...