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Your NSOP 2011 Theme is “Taking Root, Branching Out”

Another tragic tree-themed romance

Take heed, 2015ers! “Taking Root, Branching Out” is this year’s NSOP vanilla, and will likely affect what goes on the t-shirts. It’s a clever choice of theme. It potentially encompasses two stalwarts of undergraduate enthusiasm, environmental awareness and diversity (how many of you wrote your college essays about your grandparents, or other miscellaneous relatives?). And of course it’s vague enough to mean pretty much nothing at all.

The infamous “NYC event,” where freshpeople are herded to a prominent city location and encouraged to dance to self-consciously until 11 pm, will take place this year on Governors Island. The Water Taxis full of frosh floating out across the Hudson will be a sight to behold. Freshpeople, it’s probably worth going to, but bear in mind that you don’t have to go to every NSOP event. It’s much more fun to read about them on Bwog!

Classical education via Britannica

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was. <- Should be part of the core

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You’ve been waiting to use that link forEVER, haven’t you?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous in response to LMGTFY post.

  • That awkward moment says:

    @That awkward moment when the freshperson you’re hitting on turns into a laurel tree.

  • CC '12 says:

    @CC '12 I’m still waiting for Columbia to make up for that shitty Victorian Gardens event they gave us during NSOP. Preferably in subsidized alcohol.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yes that was lame, but you forget we also got the private night at the Met, which no incoming class after us got to have because of University budget cuts to the Arts Initiative

    2. Anonymouse says:

      @Anonymouse 2013’s dance was in the Central Park Zoo. It smelled like feces. But hey, penguins!

      1. Yah. says:

        @Yah. No one wants to hear about what happened when you tried to dance with penguins.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous N000000bzzzzz learn to spell!!!11!!!1onewun!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I dont even understand the theme.

    1. Your Apathy says:

      @Your Apathy Will take root during NSOP and branch out over the course of the next four years.

  • Water Taxis? says:

    @Water Taxis? Like Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts?

    1. Hagrid says:

      @Hagrid Firs’ years follow me!

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