The First Year – Two Semesters in New York!

My first year at university is already 13 long years ago. That means 13 years in Osnabrück! I don’t remember much of this whirlwind of my first twelve months here. But it changed me … a lot. I had to learn to be responsable for myself. I moved flats two times – I lived the first time ever on my own. I met a wonderful men, who stayed in my life for many years. This first year is incredible fascinating and has an enormous importance in life. The New York Times knows this as well and asked last September twelve students across colleges to have their pictures taken. Two semesters later, they came back for another picture. Their changes are remarkably – as are their individual stories.

I wish you a wonderful weekend (I will be in Vienna!) with a lot of fascinating and remarkable experiences!

NY Uni1Ololade Oguntayo

Age 22, Los Angeles

Photography, Fashion Institute of Technology

I actually cut off my dreadlocks three weeks ago, so a lot of people who know me are doing double takes right now. I had them four years, so I kind of like that shock value. I’m thinking about doing a faux-hawk. Shave my sides, something crazy like that. Maybe add some colors. Have fun while I’m young because I don’t want to be stuck with one hairstyle forever, you know?

But I mean, I do want dreadlocks again — definitely. I say they were my pride. And when I do have them again, I want to stick with them. It’ll be like a commitment.

NY Uni2Matt Kelly

Age 19, Jupiter, Fla.

Film and television production, N.Y.U.

Eden Bach

Age 18, Brea, Calif.

Dance, N.Y.U.

Matt: As soon as I saw her I liked her. I met her the first week of school, but we started dating in November. So it’s been going on six months. We’re very happy together.

Eden: Our first date was the Empire State Building. He comes up with the best dates. On Easter, we went to Central Park and went row-boating.

Matt: We went ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. We’ve gone to Coney Island, in the pouring rain and freezing cold. I’m pretty good at trying to come up with really cool date ideas and then they fail. When we were new to New York I was like, let’s just get on the subway and get off at a random stop and explore an area. And so we just get off the subway, and we have no idea where we are — I still don’t know where it was.

Eden: And we just got right back on the subway.

NY Uni3Teddy Finkelstein

Age 19, Louisville, Ky.

Financial Economics, Columbia University

When you’re with your family 100 percent of the time, it’s easy to see past them, but when you take a step back and you go to college, and you don’t see your mom for a couple of months, you miss them a little bit more than you’d expect.

I have friends at state schools who went there for the fraternities and that sort of stuff, and that was never the route I expected to take. But I met a lot of the fraternity brothers here, and it was different than I imagined. It’s not a big party organization. There are only 11 in my class, and to know that everyone cares the same way that I do, to have that support, has been very clutch.

All pics and interviews original from NYTimes.com.

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