A week is seven days long—usually! But during SPS’s S P I R I T W E E K, we make an exception. From Friday, October 25 through Sunday, November 3, activities and celebrations, excitement and enthusiasm, reigned supreme for t e n days. An annual event sponsored by both the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Councils, under the auspices of the SPS Office of Student Life, Spirit Week is now a beloved tradition.
This year’s theme is NARRATIVES—Create. Share. Inspire. Students were invited to share their stories—in print, online, and through video clips—on Instagram and on the art wall in the SPS lobby. Responding to prompts such as tell us about your path to SPS; what one word best describes you; relate one fun fact about yourself; and what are you most proud of, students revealed themselves in narratives that were funny, moving, inspiring and revealing. Honest and forthright. Those who identified themselves were entered into a raffle for a $250 STA travel voucher.
The Narratives theme culminated in a Narratives Summit, on Friday, November 1, in an all-day exploration of how stories can be developed and communicated—professionally and personally. Experts in storytelling and brand-building discussed the importance of developing self-awareness and doing a strengths assessment in order to create a cohesive professional brand and story. And, always, to bear in mind the value of, and need for, authenticity. After the Summit, the Wasserman Center for Career Development hosted one of its most popular events—the annual Networking Night. At an informal reception, students got to meet, mingle, and initiate relationships with professionals working in their industries.
A dynamic line-up of activities and choices insured that every Spirit day offered something unique and special: an outing to Coney Island; a tour of the incomparable Whitney Museum; a walk on the High Line; enjoying a classic New York City evening at a comedy club; professional development and networking tips; how to nurture a cool idea for a business. Certain tried and true spirit events also returned—including the reappearance of LinkedIn headshots, Wellness Day and a Community Service venture. NYUSPS students and staffers volunteered along the course, cheering on runners and offering support as participants concluded their amazing runs. The New York City Marathon is world famous, by all accounts the largest marathon in the world, taking its more than 50K participants on a run through all five New York City boroughs.
Throughout the week, NYUSPS giveaways were at our locations at the Woolworth Building, 7 East 12th Street, and the NYU Midtown Center. And, as always, along with the swag and the giveaways—SPS School Spirit was key—with our students proudly sporting their NYUSPS purple T-shirts and making their enthusiastic SPS presence evident on campus!