Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of The New School’s Annual Welcome Block Party. New and returning students flooded onto W. 12th Street, where student-run clubs and organizations, New School departments, and outside vendors set up tables with swag and free food. You’re never far from a familiar face at the Block Party, and it’s a really great way to remind us all about the larger New School community. A crowd surrounded the Jazz student trio, while Parsons students painted at the Utrecht and Dick Blick tables. And most of the clubs are New School-wide, so you can meet students from other divisions that share your interests. (I’ll be posting photos from the Block Party on our Flickr soon.)
After the Block Party, the New School admission offices hosted our own little “welcome to campus” in the form of an ice cream social/dance party. I was running around with my camera, and Katie and Lauren were passing out shirts and raffle tickets and meeting the students who they’ve been chatting with over the summer via The New School Engage Network (a social media portal for accepted New School students).
We also passed out some social media questionnaires and found that a good number of you still read this blog. So thanks again! Thank you for your wonderful comments and feedback, and most importantly, thank you for coming last night and dancing and meeting each other. After all, the people you meet within the first few weeks of class may be the ones who help define the next few years of your life. Good luck with the next four years, you’ve earned it!
-by Victoria O’Neill-