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All content by Molly Koch
The southwest side of Washington Square Park covered in snow. People walk in the park.

Opinion: A shorter winter break would actually be better for you

Although students favor the long recess, having a shorter one has substantial benefits.
Feb 1, 2023

As students returned to campus this past weekend, two things I heard over and over again were “The break was too short” and “The break was way too long.” The majority of...

A student’s hand holding an N.Y.U. I.D. card up to a scanner at the entrance of a dining hall.

Opinion: I lost 112 meal swipes last semester. They should roll over.

Meals are going to waste. It’s time for the university to revisit how meal swipes are distributed. 
Jan 31, 2023

WSN’s Opinion section strives to publish ideas worth discussing. The views presented in the Opinion section are solely the views of the writer. NYU’s meal plans are confusing....

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Opinion: Traditional final exams are impractical

With increasingly negative stigma surrounding the final exam period, it’s time to bid farewell to traditional final exams.
Dec 7, 2022

As I said goodbye to my mother at the train station, heading back to New York City after a cozy Thanksgiving break, I remembered the intense stress that shows up right around finals...

An white weekly calendar with colored chunks blocked that read “8 a.m.” and a title that reads “Ideal Schedule.”

Opinion: You should love 8 a.m. classes

Whether you willingly chose an 8 a.m. or got stuck with one, these classes are not as bad as you think.
Nov 22, 2022

One of the most dreaded weeks of the semester has officially passed us: spring course registration. Maybe you were lucky and got all your top choices. Maybe you’re still scrambling...

Students studying inside N.Y.U.’s Bobst Library in a large room on the ground floor. Several rows of desks with computers are visible.

Opinion: NYU needs more quiet spaces for students

At prestigious universities, student mental health concerns abound. The university must provide students with more quiet spaces to combat this.
Nov 14, 2022

At each Presidential Welcome and Reality Show, there is an interesting approach to mental health awareness. In song, students were told the different resources available from wellness...

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Opinion: NYU students should appreciate professors more

NYU students are lucky to have dedicated and driven professors. It’s time for us to show we care about them.
Nov 1, 2022

NYU is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, ranked in the top 25 schools. That’s due to not only its rigorous academic courses, but its driven and determined...

Andrew Hamilton speaks from behind a podium on a black stage wearing a black suit and purple tie in front of alumni and parents.

Opinion: NYU should have more than one parents weekend

NYU's Alumni and Parents Weekend is a time to reconnect with family. Students deserve more than one opportunity to do that.
Oct 25, 2022

In case you missed it, this past weekend was NYU’s annual Alumni and Parents Weekend. From Oct. 20-23, NYU welcomed student families to campus and celebrated its extensive alumni...

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Opinion: It’s time to embrace midterm exams

As much as you may hate them, your midterm exams can help you in the long run.
Oct 18, 2022

It’s your first year at college, and wow, this is easy. A five-question problem set here, a discussion board post there — you’ve just been breezing through your classes,...

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Opinion: There are better study spots than Bobst

NYU’s beloved library is not all that it is hyped up to be.
Oct 4, 2022

Many new and prospective NYU students are drawn to one particular building on campus: Bobst Library. Known for its 12-story-high ceilings and geometric aluminum guardrails, the...

A crowd of protesters standing under Washington Square Arch holding the Iranian flag and signs with a person holding a wood stick with a strand of black hair hanging by the end of it.

Opinion: NYU should speak up about the violence in Iran

As an institution that prides itself in global diversity, NYU should be actively supporting Iranian women and students.
Oct 3, 2022

NYU prides itself on its diversity. The class of 2026 represents 107 countries — five more than the previous year. When a major crisis happens in one of those countries, then,...

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Off-Third: Homesickness is not real

Everything is so great here, why would you miss home? This is better than home!
Sep 21, 2022

Off-Third is WSN’s satire column. We are now entering week three of the semester. You’re finally getting used to your schedule and settling in. You’re so happy and everything...

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Opinion: Handshake is not letting NYU students shake any hands

The highly promoted Handshake has incredibly low response rates. NYU students should abandon the site and start applying to jobs elsewhere.
Sep 20, 2022

New York City is known to be one of the most expensive places to live. That factor, plus being a college student, makes money run low for many faster than expected. What’s the...

A New York City street in the winter. A pile of garbage covered in snow on the side of the street.

Opinion: Get involved with community service around New York City

Don’t continue romanticizing what the city offers without contributing to making it a better place to live.
Sep 12, 2022