Greenwich Village and Downtown Brooklyn were alive this weekend! NYU welcomed just over 5000 members of the class of 2019 to campus on Saturday…who knew moving in could be so fun?! I spent my morning at Founders Hall, helping students and families unpack cars filled with mirrors, pillows, refrigerators, microwaves, snacks, and tons of decorations and get settled into their new home for the next year. Many of my colleagues in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions volunteered to help with Move In Day and our very own Dean of Admissions, Shawn Abbott, was the move-in captain for Founders! As an admissions counselor, it was so exciting to see the students I helped admit to NYU just a few months ago. I even bumped into Zoe from Seattle, who I had met on the road last fall!
For the Class of 2020 and beyond, we’ve rolled out a new social media campaign called MEET NYU, aimed at telling the NYU story and helping students navigate the landscape of the college admission and financial aid process. Check it out here.
For the Class of 2019, preparations are underway for the Presidential Welcome at the world’s most famous arena: Madison Square Garden. We will vacate in time for Madonna and Daddy Yankee arriving later in the month.
Every time I told my friends I was leaving Brooklyn for the week to go to NYU CALI, they assumed I was getting on a plane to California—instead I actually hopped on the subway to spend a week at NYU’s Founders Hall in the East Village as a staff member at NYU’s College Access Leadership Institute (CALI). NYU CALI is a week-long residential program that offers a crash-course in the college application process. The NYU CALI students wrote and edited their college essays, created activity resumes, took a practice SAT, took a tour of NYU and the College of Mount St. Vincent, and learned financial aid and scholarships. While it was a lot of hard work, students also had a lot of fun—we played games (admissions trivia!), participated in community service, and got to attend a college fair at the end of the week.
It was beautiful on Monday! The sun was shining, there was a nice breeze in the air, and bonus: the humidity wasn’t too bad. Instead of hopping on the subway to head back home to Brooklyn, I decided to save the $2.75 and walk. My commute definitely took a bit longer than usual (and my fitbit said I walked 18,000 steps!) but it was a great way to spend my evening. I had amazing views of Brooklyn and Manhattan and my walk across the bridge reminded me just how lucky I am to live in a city as great as New York! I think I’ll start walking home more often…at least until the winter!
The only person doing better than Jack and John right now is Justin, who recently won the Kentucky Derby, which is even big news in the U.K. Unlike Jack and John, Justin finished his NYU degree. After completing NYU’s Liberal Studies Core Program, he graduated from our College of Arts and Science last month. It is very hard to top Justin.
Hats/graduation caps off to the high school seniors out there, as well as our own Class of 2015 – especially these two, for they always kept it real at NYU. From Dylan taking a part-time job like nearly every other NYU student, to Cole studying archeology, the Sprouse bros kept us on our toes during their stint in Greenwich Village.
Greenwich Village has been a sea of purple this week! From the purple Empire State Building to all of the graduates in their purple caps and gowns, NYU is truly violet this week. Parents, friends, and families have come far and wide to celebrate with our graduates and they get to see their students graduate at some of the most iconic New York City locations. Our university commencement took place at Yankee Stadium yesterday and our school specific ceremonies are in theaters like the Beacon, Avery Fisher Hall, and Madison Square Garden.
Students holding a space on our freshman wait list and students waiting for their transfer admission decision should read this update.
If you haven’t been able to tell from my previous blog posts, I really love my job. From traveling to exciting parts of the country and the world to learning all about students through their applications, I get to do a lot of cool stuff as an admissions counselor. But I don’t think anything is as cool, or as fun as our annual Weekend on the Square (WOTS) admitted student event. Read More