The OCA Family

 Managing Board

Allison Chesky, Editor-in-Chief

Allie spends her mornings in Shanghai listening to Planet Money over eggs and bacon with her suitemates in her apartment in 徐家汇. When she’s not starting inconsequential discussions with anyone who will debate with her or listening to country music at full volume, she’s digging into what happens in the Academic Building. Feel free to contact her for recommendations on how to fake your way through advanced Chinese classes or for pictures of her puppy.

Maya Williams, Executive Director

Maya was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Despite being a disaster with directions, she enjoys traveling and is a master at navigating awkward conversations about her hair. After graduating from NYU Shanghai she plans to continue continent hopping for the rest of her life or at least until someone offers her a private island to rule over.
Special Skills: standing out in a crowd and managing OCA’s multimedia

Stephanie Bailey, Managing Editor

Steph is a British senior who likes puns. She mostly drinks coffee and talks about socialism with her wild, yet lovable dog, Biggles. Despite believing that her admittance into NYU Shanghai was probably an accident, Steph hopes to write her crazy life down and triumphantly sell the film rights. Or, failing that, she hopes to embrace jazzy trousers, do some good and one day own a scooter.


 Staff Editors

Creative Team

Lana Kugli, VOCA Editor

Lana is a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur on a tight budget. In her free time, Lana voyages along the Croatian coast in the quest for sheep milk cheese. As an Economics major with a strong grasp of politics, she knows a lot of fun Reagan facts and cracks Dodd-Frank jokes. Her biggest pet peeves are spurious correlation and patriarchy.


  Staff Writers and Artists

Sabina Olsson, Staff Writer

Currently a freshman, Sabina arrived at NYU Shanghai from cold yet cozy Sweden of Northern Europe. Being an IB Diploma surviver, she is ready to take on college with hard work, an open mind, and some healthy procrastination. She enjoys writing in all forms; everything from famous literature to tabloid magazines, and also have a passion for aesthetic Instagram photos, window shopping, eating carbs, and wandering around in big cities.

Sarah Tahir, Staff Writer

Sarah is a freshman at NYU Shanghai who hails from the dusty deserts of Kuwait. Although a dancer for many years, she has always felt most expressive when working with the written word. She is passionate about current events, art and exploration. She has a tentative major in Economics.

Isabel Adler, Staff Writer

Isabel, a NYU Shanghai freshman, is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She plans on majoring in Business & Marketing. If she could write as fast as she talks, she would bust out multiple articles a day. When not writing for OCA you can find her eating the avocado sandwich at EatJoy or stretching on the library floor (because where’s a better place to stretch?)

Cassie Ulvick, Staff Artist

Cassie is a freshman at NYU Shanghai. She came here from Darnestown, Maryland, a town too small to be written on a mailing address yet big enough for a Snapchat geotag. She has had an affinity for art ever since she was a little girl, and her favorite medium is oil pastel. She plans to major in either Interactive Media Arts or Business and Marketing (or both), aiming to combine her interests in both art and business as a career.

Maya Wang, Staff Artist

Maya, born and raised in New York, is currently a freshman at NYU Shanghai. As an ABC, she loves being able to speak both English and Chinese on a daily basis here. She loves all things art, music, fashion (or anything “aesthetic”), and plans on majoring in Interactive Media Arts. If she isn’t creating art for OCA or one of her IMA classes, you can find her making WeChat stickers of her friends or posting obnoxiously long snap stories.