Big lights will inspire you…Making the Most of NYC

If you’re like us (Cinzia and Becca), you probably came to NYC brimming with excitement for this standout year you will spend here in the Literacy Program. Or maybe you came with the intention of staying here for an extended amount of time. Either way, we think this post could be of help to you!

It’s thrilling to be part of the city that never sleeps, and as a grad student you feel that camaraderie with the city because you will not sleep either. 🙂

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate the sometimes murky waters of grad school, while also trying to take full advantage of this wonderful city:

  1. You need a balance in your life; there are only a few more months before graduation- devote time to academics AND activities you enjoy!
  2. When life gets hectic, stick to a schedule. Making a schedule helps balance your time between work and play. Try to include one activity a week that you are interested in doing while in the city or challenge yourself to explore a new neighborhood every weekend. Don’t let the time pass you by!
  3. It’s ok to say no to things. We come to grad school with the intention of grabbing every opportunity in front of us, which you should! But, you also shouldn’t be afraid to say no to things when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Make yourself do things. Even if you have loads of reading to do, take a break and a breath. Consider reading in a different setting, like the Bryant Park Library, at a museum café, or in a new park. Take time to go see a Broadway show (discount lottery tickets at some theaters), go to the movies (check out the movie deals from student affairs), grab some friends and go out for festive beverages! Whatever it is, you don’t want to graduate and look back on your experience and only remember the four walls of your apartment building, or the Russell Library. You are in the most wonderful city in the world, and you may only be here for a limited time. Take advantage!

How will you spend your last 3 months at Teachers College as a student living in New York City?

Stop thinking about it and just do it. 🙂


Merry March!

It’s not official, but March means we’re on the cusp. Whether it’s the extra daylight or basketball or shedding an itchy scarf that puts a bounce in your step, we wish you happy almost-spring!

The blog is waking up, too, with some help from our students. We’ll renew frequent posts and hope you’ll join us to read announcements and items of interest. Please check back soon.

Welcome Back!

Hi everyone, and happy spring semester!

We hope you are settling in as the new term begins. Here are some important dates for our first few weeks:

Monday, Feb. 1 – Graduation Application Audits due to Registrar (for those planning to graduate in May, refer to emails sent by TC, print out must be signed by an advisor)

Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Last day to drop/add classes

Monday, Feb. 8 – Lunar New Year (NYC schools closed)

Monday – Friday, Feb. 15-19 – Mid-Winter Break for NYC schools

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Last day to change points for courses


Advising Meeting

Happy December!  It’s a busy month with lots of festivities and finishes, but we’re also looking ahead to beginnings.  Spring Registration starts next Monday, on the 7th.  For program classes, approvals must be submitted this week after advising.

Please plan to attend one of the meetings on Wednesday, December 2nd:

  • 3-4:10 pm in Zankel 304  (especially for full-time students)
  • 7:15-8:15 pm in Grace Dodge 545

One of these sessions is required for full-time students; the meeting is highly recommended for all.  We’ll review the spring schedule (please refer to one sent as online info not current), answer questions, discuss graduation procedures, and offer advice.

See you soon!



A Happy Friday Poem


You be the leader, and I’ll be the cheer,
You be the pilot; I’ll let you steer.

You be the talent, and I’ll be the scout,
You be applause; I’ll be a shout.

I’ll be the sleep, and you be the dream,
I’ll be the banks; you be the stream.

I’ll be the roots, and you be the pine,
I’ll be the fence; you be the vine.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

And check out these ideas of using the pattern text —  writing!  shared reading! —  here:

Have a safe and cozy weekend.