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Maximizing Your Minimal Space

A main facet of life in the Big Apple is learning how to be creative with the resources at hand. How do I watch this 20 minutes video in the 10 minutes before I need to go out? How do I make $50 last me through the next two weeks? And for most newcomers, How do I make my little apartment feel like home? How do I find enough room to fit all of my stuff? Is storage space even a thing here? are the questions that plague the mind while browsing the aisles of Target and IKEA.Luckily, there are many innovative resources available to help you get started.

Apartment Therapy – This website has tons different decorating schemes and home decor ideas, both traditional and outside the box. There are bound to be many little gems to help you get started, regardless of your taste and style. Whether it be a small space or a big space, sleek and modern or colorful and eye-catching, Apartment Therapy has it all. There are pictures with every article and easy to follow steps for all DIY projects. And here’s a plus: Apartment Therapy includes ideas of how to live on a budget as well as a section on household tips and tricks.

Purposedly Reinvented – One of the best features of Purposedly Reinvented are the inexpensive DIY craft projects, such as this tutorial on how to make a no sew pillow cover.

Pinterest – An online collection of Do It Yourself projects and an infinite amount of ideas for decorating. Try searching under the tags: DIY, DIY & Crafts, Crafts, Storage, Small Space, and Decorate for tips and examples on how to make a living space entirely your own.

As a little extra, here are some Life Hacks for inspiration.




Happy Decorating!

– SA Regina

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Finals Week & “Food For Thought”

-cookieFinals Week & “Food For Thought”

Join us for various treats and goodies to help you stay focused and full during finals week. Stop by our office at #4 WSV (room 1A) Monday- Thursday to grab a snack and drink!


Monday 5/13, 10am-Noon: Last Day of Class Breakfast  [brought to you by Grad Hall Council!]

Celebrate the last day of classes & the start of summer with pastries and coffee. The Grad Hall Council will be supplying some tasty treats to get you through your last day of the semester.

Tuesday 5/14, 10am-7pm: Coffee, Tea and Cookies

Classes may be over…but finals are just beginning! Stop by our office (4 WSV room 1A) and take a study break over coffee, tea, and cookies. Research has suggested that people who have coffee & cookies during finals week do better on exams (okay, that’s not true, but you should still come for a bit!).

Wednesday 5/15, 10am-7pm: Popcorn and Juice

Stop by the Office on Wednesday 5/15 for treats “on the go”. We will have bags of various flavors of popcorn and juices packets for you to stop by and pick up to help fuel those brain cells while you study!

Thursday 5/16, 4pm-7pm: Celebration Cupcakes and Goodies

The sweets and goodies continue in the Grad Halls! Stop by and grab a cupcake and goodies, our way of saying, “Job well done this year!” or “You’re almost done!” (whichever you’d prefer).


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Grad Bareburger Picnic

bareburger picnic

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Applying to Law School+Graduate School & Fellowships Abroad


Are law school, graduate school at Oxford or Cambridge, or fellowships like Fulbright on your life-plan radar?  Visiting faculty Dr. Kaufman will be sharing his personal experience and advice with NYU students during a back-to-back program and reception on Tuesday, April 30 from 7-9pm.
7pm: The Real Deal: Applying to Law School
Intermission with Reception
8pm: Learning Abroad: Graduate School and Fellowships
To RSVP and for more information about Dr. Kaufman’s background visit:
Dr. Kaufman’s Bio
Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman is a Visiting Faculty Member at New York University and a Fellow at Yale University (at Yale Law School, at the Yale School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise, and Yale’s Genocide Studies Program). Previously, he practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP while teaching as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He has also focused on the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of suspected war criminals while serving at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.
In addition to his other writing, Dr. Kaufman has published two books: he is the editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World and the co-editor (with Dr. Phil Clark) of After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond.
Dr. Kaufman received his PhD in International Relations from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Political Science also from Yale (where he was the student body president, co-captain of the wrestling team, and an All-American and Runner-Up National Champion in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association).
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Cinco de Mayo Picnic


Join us (RA Ebony and future RA Sophia) for a Cinco de May Picnic.  We are meeting at in the Grad Hall office and heading to 28th and Madison, where we will pick up yummy Mexican food at Choza Taqueria and then head to Madison Square Park for fun in the sun.

Spaces are limited so sign up soon in the Grad Hall office (4 WSV, #1A). Co-pay is $5.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

– RAs Ebony and Sophia

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NYC Green Festival – This weekend!

This weekend is Earth Day! Come celebrate the Earth at the Javits Center with everything green & friendly!


“On Earth Day Weekend, April 19-21, New York City Green Festival returns to Javits Center North to celebrate community with the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping, networking and having fun. The Festival will feature favorites, like the organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; the Sierra Club Green Cinema; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer and wine garden; inspiring keynote presentations and, a nationally renowned Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

New York City Green Festival is renowned for its rich and inspiring keynote presentations, workshops, demonstrations, artistic installations and interactive fun. Listen, learn, discuss and connect in a weekend packed with locally and nationally acclaimed social and environmental authors, leaders, experts, celebrities, advocates and cultural icons.”

The grad halls have received free tickets to this event! Just top by the grad office today before 7pm to pick up your tickets! 

More information can be found here!

-RA Lynden

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