On September 14, 11 NYU Shanghai upperclassmen took to the stage at East China Normal University for a musical performance that has become an NYU tradition. Performed at the start of every year to welcome our freshman class, the Reality Show highlights a range of situations that new students may encounter—from academic stress and homesickness to relationship issues and cross-cultural collisions. While the performance topics are decided upon collectively by NYU’s three global campuses, each cast makes adaptations depending on the unique situations of their campus. The whole cast is involved with composing, writing lyrics, brainstorming, choreography, and screenwriting—the process is all about teamwork. The result is an amalgam of high-energy hilarity mixed with gritty realness. One of the challenges performers face is conveying heavy topics with songs that are written with a light touch. The persistence of a positive spirit carries the tone of the show. The show also aims to raise awareness of the University’s 24-hour hotline service that provides counseling and support for students: 021 2059 9999 After dedicating several months of hard work and rehearsing, the cast receives a standing ovation, which says it all—bravo! Celebrating a successful show with NYU Shanghai Chancellor Yu and Vice Chancellor Lehman, as well as special guests NYU President Andy Hamilton and his wife.