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

All content by Noor Maahin
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From classroom to conference room: Master the art of office dressing

Don’t let your Monday morning internship attire trip you up this summer — level up your work wardrobe and make a statement with these office outfit essentials.
Noor Maahin, Staff Writer May 3, 2024

As internship season rolls around, it's time to talk about something quintessential to enter the workplace with confidence: office outfits. Entering a new internship can be stressful,...

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These boots were made for walking: A guide to the best boot styles

Polished, practical and perfect for any event, these boots will help you put your best foot forward this spring.
Noor Maahin and Isabella Jambrina April 11, 2024

With spring fast approaching, it can be hard to find a reliable style of shoes that work with every outfit in all types of weather. However, rain or shine, boots are always the...

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Breaking fasts, building faith: The beauty of community during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan has always held a special place in my heart. Now that I am away from home and family, my friends at NYU have helped me maintain a sense of community.
Noor Maahin, Staff Writer March 11, 2024

My earliest memories of Ramadan are vivid, enveloping my mind in warmth and nostalgia. I can smell my mother’s cooking, I can hear the laughter around the dinner table, I can...

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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 February 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 December 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 December 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...

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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 November 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...

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Costumes for your Halloweekend parties

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