Theme II: A Grain of Salt, Intro

In our moments of self-doubt, we are compelled to search for answers. Most of us find our answers from the advice of others, but whom do we choose to share our predicaments with? Is a stranger the most impartial, clear-minded judge? Or, do we consult trusted loved ones who have preconceived notions but have been with us all along? Perhaps, we must seek advice from the beyond—through psychics and fortunetellers? Or maybe not.

Frequently, even when it seems that we have found our sense of direction, we are inundated with advice: from parents, siblings, professors, magazines, talk show hosts, Buzzfeed lists—you name it. Too often, we receive more advice than we know what to do with. So, we listen—or pretend to listen—with a healthy dose of skepticism.

This week, we offer words of wisdom from voices around campus and, of course, from an East Village mystic. However, as with all advice, we understand if you take it with a grain of salt.

Happy Reading,

Emma Scoble

Under the Arch Editor



Advice From Around Campus by Emily Harris

“What I Wish I had Known” from a Freshman by Su Young Lee

“What I Wish I had Known” from a Senior by Jordan Melendrez

Advice from a Psychic by Amy Tiong



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Theme II: A Grain of Salt, Advice from a Psychic

By Amy Tiong


I was a bit skeptical going into the psychic reading. I’ve heard the rumors. People have told me things ranging from, “they’ll take all of your cash” to “don’t get kidnapped.” A friend of mine warned me, “Beware. They might tell you your cat is gonna die.” Although I don’t have a cat, I do have a fish, so I was still concerned.

On assignment for Under the Arch, I was to find a psychic and get a reading. After two defunct shops, three threats, and four scams, I realized it would not be easy. In truth, I didn’t think there would be a rankings for psychics, as it’s quite odd to think about who is the “best” psychic. Yet, Google searches and Facebook pages led me to tarot card reader Angela Lucy. I’m not sure if it was her functioning phone number or her respectful phone manner that led me to her apartment on 7 East 14th St. Either way, I am glad I stumbled upon her.

Angela Lucy changed my disposition towards psychics. I didn’t quite leave her apartment a believer, but her card and website did clearly state “For Entertainment Purposes Only.” She never claimed to give instructions on how to live life, but rather she gave advice—advice that I found unbiased yet supported by pure chance. Angela lets the cards guide her but speaks from her own mind.

IMG_1846-2Upon entering Angela Lucy’s lair, I was expecting elaborate shrines, chimes, and a crystal ball. Instead, her apartment was an inviting living room, adorned with small candles, humble but bright paintings, and a small Buddhist statue. She wore a muted pink and yellow dress with elaborately embroidery. Her tarot cards quaintly matched the pattern and color of her dress, and we both laughed about since it was mere coincidence. The room, combined with Angela Lucy’s warm, godmother-like personality, created an inviting atmosphere that I could’ve basked in all day. My appointment was fifteen minutes long, and I asked two questions. 


Since my appointment was on Valentine’s Day, I of course asked Lucy about love. I expected generic gibberish, but what I received was surprisingly accurate. When it comes to love, you could say that I’m a hopeful cynic. Angela Lucy’s reading was about a departed relationship, but she didn’t promise a reunion. Instead, she told me that perhaps it didn’t work for all the right reasons. Upon hearing this, I laughed because her reading was all too accurate. My relationship had not only been toxic but impractical, facts that I had not shared with Angela Lucy. She said that whether it is with him or another, I have the capability to make something happen. She told me it’s okay if I am cautious, but it is not in my best interest to avoid love altogether.

IMG_1851-3 My second question was about my major, a typical concern college students have. From her tarot cards, Angela Lucy read to me that the stars would align no matter what I choose. She told me our majors hardly dictate our futures and we learn most of our knowledge from experience rather than books. As an artist, I had already known this. However, her reassurance was comforting.

Angela Lucy, now rightfully deemed a good psychic in my book, isn’t a mind reader or fortuneteller—she is a people person. She was able not to read me but to understand and relate to my mood and character. My visit taught me that we can pick up a lot from people, if we take the time to really listen and observe. Unlike most of us, Angela Lucy is an expert at this. She seemed to have the power to turn the hopeful cynic in me to a hopeful idealist, even if just for a little while. I left with the feeling that good things will come, but more importantly, that I have the willpower to make my own good fortune.

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Theme II: A Grain of Salt, “What I wish I had known” from a Senior

J MelendrezheadshotBy Jordan Melendrez

The cliché way of putting it, is that hindsight is always 20/20. But that comes with being a senior.

The one thing I wish I would have known prior to attending NYU: how to make time pass slower.

As an 18-year-old, fresh-faced from high school, time had always seemed to lag. High school trudged on the same way you attended class: grudgingly. Those four years dragged on stubbornly until graduation, the pinnacle of your adolescence.

But then college started. Welcome Week flew by, and everyone added hundreds of phone numbers to their contacts because they were desperately trying to network (Kelsey from Hayden Residence Hall, I still have your number).

Classes started, and they were more fruitful and interesting than ever before. Professors were more engaging. Your peers were intellectually stimulating.

Fall semester turns into spring semester, and you find yourself looking forward to returning to your New York friends after breaks. You finally find your niche, your clubs, your coffee shops, your study places, your loves, your hates.

Freshman year turns into sophomore year. You study abroad, spend all of your money, but an empty wallet still doesn’t bother you — you live in New York city, after all. Junior year starts. Internships are hectic. Jobs are crazier. The next thing you know, you’re 21, and you’re celebrating at a bar because your friend was just hired. For a job. A real-person job. Somehow, you only have 100 days left of undergrad.

I know what you’re thinking, fake ID-wielding, invincible-feeling, underclassmen: “I still have plenty of time.” Of course you do. I only urge you to learn how to slow it down for yourself.

Whenever my family checked in on me freshman year, they always asked if I needed anything. I always responded, “More time.” That was a silly thing to say. I had — have — all the time in the world. It’s just a matter of controlling it. And, it’s a bit different than the time management your professors preach.

In her essay “The Opposite of Loneliness,” Marina Keegan, the Yale University student who tragically died in a car accident after her college graduation in 2012, wrote, “The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

When you’re walking up Broadway, engulfed by the city and the millions of people, slow down. When you’re studying with friends at 3 a.m., pause. You’re in New York City. Time moves faster here. Don’t let it. Don’t let the New York minute get the best of you.

The real world feels like it’s just one step away, and in a way, it is. But you’re here at NYU, and while your graduation date is marked, remember that possibilities are endless.You can stretch time. You can conquer it.

I’m sorry to conclude that I don’t hold the answer about HOW to slow down your time. It’s for you to discover. Consider this your four-year, three-year, two-year or 100-day warning that time is precious. It’s not about, and it’s never about, how much time you have. It’s how you spend it.

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Theme II: A Grain of Salt, “What I wish I had known” from a Freshman


By Su Young Lee, CAS ’18

It’s only been a semester since I arrived at NYU, but I can already bring myself to say that New York feels like a second —and hopefully even permanent— home. On the way to my 8.a.m. class, I can navigate the streets on autopilot, half-asleep, instead of anxiously checking Google Maps the way I did in the first week of school. Adjusting to this city comes so naturally that it no longer feels as foreign, frightening, or sadly even as exciting as it once did. Yet, the months of anxiety leading up to move-in day are still fresh in my mind. I remember scrolling through the “Class of 2018” Facebook page obsessively, hoping that other clueless freshmen would post questions that I also needed the answers to. Though I know how daunting it is to leave your old life behind, I am here to offer incoming freshmen a few tips that I have learned first-hand.

Your experience as a freshman all begins with Welcome Week, which you may already know from the fancy Guidebook app created to maximize your experience. NYU deliberately offers you the time to get to know the university and your peers by organizing events, some ridiculous, before you are thrown into classes. You learn your way around campus, consequently find out that we don’t really have a campus, and take advantage of free events, food, and sightseeing. Everyone will be in a frenzy to get to know each other, and the wide range of events will hopefully allow you to meet like-minded people.

While I stress that this is the start of your life here at NYU, remember that it doesn’t determine its entirety. Don’t panic if you don’t meet your best friend in the first week of being here. People are just as desperate to make friends as you are, but by the end of the week you will have numbers from people you will never call and names you won’t ever mention or remember. It’s simply an experience that you might as well make the most out of.

When Welcome Week is over, assuming that you have met or will meet people you actually like, you have to put in effort to keep in contact. With new friends scattered across different residence halls, classrooms, and dining halls, be bold and reach out or you may never see them again.

While the struggle of making friends and adjusting to this city may keep you busy, you also have to remember that you are still a student. If you constantly skip lectures, your GPA will suffer, no matter how much fun you have. There are resources to help you if you need them: go visit your professors and TA’s during office hours, as it can be an advantage if  they remember you from a class of over a hundred students. Find tutors at the University Learning Center and at the Writing Center, and if you feel stressed, seek help at the Wellness Center. While it’s scary to voice your opinion in class, your professors are desperate for a response as they face a crowd of blank faced students. I guarantee that other students will say things that sound stupid or you know that you could have said better.

Last of all, I probably don’t need to remind you that we’re in New York City—this is why we came to NYU. I confess Gossip Girl may have misled me before I arrived, but there is no denying that it’s one of the best cities to explore. Art galleries, museums, performances, and parks await you for the next four years.

Like those of you reading, I looked for tips online before I arrived. I made all sorts of goals but ultimately found the best strategy for settling into NYU is to just be yourself. The greatest thing about NYU and NYC is that they’re full of people who don’t follow rules or tips—they simply live as they like.

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Theme II: A Grain of Salt, Advice From Around Campus

By Emily Harris

4“Time is the most valuable resource and is one that you can’t have back or create more of…use it wisely and concisely,” Harry Terrell, Steinhardt ’16

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 “Always prioritize sleep,” Simar Deol, Liberal Studies ’18 (Left)

“Bacon,” Anouck Geday, Liberal Studies ’18 (right)


“Find and choose something you’re passionate about because there is no better place to do it than here,” Nina Raffio, Steinhardt ’16

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“My mum told me to never go to Dunkin Donuts in America,” Jodie Miller, Stern ’18


“Most people mess up something good because they’re looking for something better just to end up with something worse,” Anika Himani, Liberal Studies’ 18

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“Don’t worry about leg day,” Emma Rodelius, Steinhardt ’18


“Life’s too short, stay awake for it,” Kate Heldt, Liberal Studies ’18 (left)

“Don’t drown in student debt,” Sergey Gerasimov, Stern ’18 (right)

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“Listen to your own advice,” Daniella Ashoori, CAS ’17


“Best advice I got was to go to Sydney for J-Term.. It was amazing,” Beatrice Ionascu, NYU Abu Dhabi/NYU Poly ’16

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