As a reward for finishing final exams, NYU students take time off over winter break. Although winter break is almost unanimously appreciated, how student to choose to spend it varies.

Here’s a look out how a few current students spent their winter break before returning for the spring semester:


Photography & Themes of Justice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

“Over the break, my family took some much-needed time off and went on a week-long cruise! We left from Miami before stopping in Honduras, Belize, and two ports in Mexico. Although we didn’t have wifi, we filled our time by go-karting, ziplining, exploring Mayan ruins, sitting by the pool, and taking in a few Broadway shows aboard the ship!

Highlight: After the cruise, we spent New Year’s in Miami and watched fireworks from the beach!


Politics, College of Arts and Sciences

“Over the break, I visited my family in Salt Lake City, Utah! This year was different because I had the opportunity to introduce my family to my kitten, Athena, who I adopted earlier in the year. Over the break, I also got to go sledding with family! The winter break was full of reuniting with family members and old friends, but also full of tamales, Mexican candy, and good food!”

Highlight: Getting to see my siblings: my sister and two brothers!


Communicative Sciences and Disorders, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

“This winter break, I stayed in Tokyo, Japan! I also went snowboarding, hiking, and sightseeing throughout the country by bullet train. After staying in New York for so long, it was a great way to relax with family and friends across the world!”

Highlight: Visiting Mt. Fuji with my family. I hiked the volcano when I was still a child, so viewing it with my parents and brother was breathtaking.


Global Liberal Studies & Global Public Health

“I was the recipient of a Liberal Studies Dean’s Global Research Grant and I used that money to fund a trip to India to work on my Senior Thesis over break. I’m researching the COVID-19 response in Dharavi, an especially dense area of Mumbai. Not only was I able to meet the people involved in the response, I had time to explore the city. Being there gave me a better understanding of the challenges and benefits which I wouldn’t have gotten from research alone.”

Highlight: Attending a vaccination event where children were receiving immunization for polio, measles, and Covid all at once.


Hotel and Tourism Management, School of Professional Studies

“Over winter break, I returned to my hometown of Medfield, Massachusetts. As this was my last winter break as a college student, I wanted to ensure I enjoyed every moment. I spent a lot of quality time with friends who I do not get to see very often. We walked our dogs, went out to eat, and just drove around the surrounding neighborhoods catching up on our college experiences. It is always so lovely to reconnect. As featured in my photos, my friends and I went into the North End of Boston to enjoy some delicious Italian treats! My family also went to Boston to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform their Holiday Concert, a yearly tradition.”

Highlight: going to Aruba for a week with my parents and older brother. It was fantastic to enjoy a bit of time in the sun before heading back to chilly NYC!

I’m Ryan, a senior in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration on the intersections of Photography and Themes of Justice and a minor in Print Journalism. On campus, I’m an Admissions Ambassador, a resident assistant in Brittany Hall, and have an internship! Outside of class, I love exploring the city with friends and grabbing waffles at brunch. Most importantly though, above all else, I’m a military kid who’s moved every two years and lived worldwide!