At the onset of the Langone program, during Langone Lab Orientation weekend, you will be assembled into Core Groups. Since you’re entering with over 150 other students, you will take at least your first two classes with your Core, which is usually around 40-60 other students. In order to foster networking and social activities, you’ll have the opportunity to elect two representatives from your Core Group to serve as Core Group Leaders. Those students work very closely with Academic Affairs to help distribute information about the program to their peers, but also are given a budget to organize events.
Now, just because you may be in the Green Core and you met an amazing person in the Yellow Core during orientation, doesn’t mean you will never see them! The Core Groups are great way to foster relationships, share information about the classes you’re taking and, of course, create some friendly competition! During the semester, each Core Group competes against each other in the Core Group Games. From flag football, to karaoke, to community service projects, Cores try to rack up the most points for the prize: more funds for your Core!
When I started the Langone program in Spring 2013, I was elected a Blue Core Group Leader and we actually wound up winning the Core Group Games! With our budget, we sponsored happy hours after class, had a rooftop party in Brooklyn and went to a Yankees game. We also had weekly events with a variety of cores from an array of class years, so we quickly meet classmates who are at different points of the program.