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

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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

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An illustration of three girls in a dorm playing Monopoly. The girl on the left looks shocked, the girl on the right is laughing and the girl in the middle is watching and smiling.

Tackle tense roommate relations with these 4 bonding activities

Your roommate relationships can make or break your college experience. Here are activities to help you break the ice and ease tensions with your living companions.
Noor Maahin, Staff Writer Feb 8, 2024

One of the easiest ways to make conversation in any social setting is sharing roommate horror stories. It’s like those who’ve endured the trials of terrible roommates are forever...

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Small spaces, big ideas: Running small businesses from NYU dorms

From a fresh set of braids to custom nails, these dorm-preneurs offer affordable beauty services to students on campus.
Noor Maahin, Contributing Writer Dec 11, 2023

At a time when it’s increasingly difficult to find affordable beauty services around Manhattan, students running small businesses from their dorms are filling that void for us....

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Beauty in a bowl: Crafting your own luxurious face and hair treatments

Finding a good hair and skin care routine is hard, especially for college students trying to save money — so here are some easy DIY beauty recipes to help you flourish.
Noor Maahin, Contributing Writer Dec 11, 2023

With the stress of college — where late-night study sessions and budget constraints matter most — finding the perfect hair and skin care routine can feel like an impossible...

An illustration of a woman with black hair wearing a green shirt with multiple arms holding a computer, a red analog clock, a green book and a beige paper that reads “to-do list.”

How I moved past my first-gen imposter syndrome

My parents’ expectations caused me to use perfectionism as a survival tactic. Proud to Be First’s Secrets to Success Panel showed me that I’m not alone.
Noor Maahin, Contributing Writer Nov 9, 2022

If I had to choose one word to describe the academic environment I grew up in, it would be “expectations.” I had to be successful in my future: have a promising career, a lovely...

An illustration of four figures against a black background. From left to right: Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” the Other Father and the Other Mother from the film “Coraline,” and the Statue of Liberty.

Costumes for your Halloweekend parties

If you’re in need of a last-minute Halloween costume, look no further.
Noor Maahin, Contributing Writer Oct 26, 2022

At my last Halloween party, I dressed as Nana Osaki from “NANA.” I thought it was my best Halloween costume to date. It never occurred to me that not everyone watched this...

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