Going Postal

When I blogged from Ghana in the spring, I mostly only talked about the pleasant things. But sometimes being away brings experiences that are…frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my time there. But, there are aspects of America that I missed and definitely appreciate more now that I’m back.

My mom sent me a care package when I first got to Ghana in January and it was a while before I was finally able to pick it up. Well, “pick up” describes a very passive encounter, and what I went through to get my box was anything but. Essentially, here’s what happened:
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year for an admissions counselor—travel season! For two months, my colleagues and I leave the great city of New York to explore the US and the world to meet with students to speak about NYU. We visit high schools, attend college fairs, and host Off Campus Information Sessions and in our free time, we try to do some exploring. I head to the Pacific Northwest on Sunday where I’ll get to explore Seattle and Portland and meet with incredible prospective students for three weeks. I’m not worried about jet lag because I’ll be traveling to two of the greatest coffee cities in the US! Read More

Touch Down In LA

Time for some missionary work to save the Angelenos from Tommy Trojan. Maggie, Trish, and I have arrived in Los Angeles for our prospective student reception in downtown LA today (at the Omni Hotel – 2pm).  If you miss us today, Trish and Kristy will be back in Anaheim on October 12 at the Anaheim Marriott.

768 students – the largest number ever – came to NYU from California last year.  We’re back to make it happen again.

Tommy may have more Heisman trophies but did you know the model for the Heisman was NYU alumnus Ed Smith?  Don’t try to Fight (On) the Flower.


Hej Danmark/Hei Suomi

In the eight days following the end of the ITW-Amsterdam program, I was lucky enough to travel with two good friends to Copenhagen, Denmark and Helsinki, Finland. Below are some pictures from our travels, with a little insight into what I drew from my experiences. Enjoy! Read More

Beautiful Complexity

I am writing this post in the wee hours of the morning, after a long day of RA training, followed by a long night of bulletin board creation. That means that, indeed, it is that time of year again—RA Training. Starting last Sunday, the Resident Assistants at NYU have been undergoing training from about 9am to 11pm each day in order to prepare for move in day and the upcoming year. We’ve been trained about roommate conflicts, how to have meaningful and respectful discussions, how to document policy violations, and all sorts of logistical things. But one of my favorite things to learn about during training is social identity, another hugely important part of RA training. Read More


In just a matter of days, the NYU Class of 2018 will have arrived.  Our freshmen will depart for New York, Abu Dhabi, Florence, London, Paris, and Shanghai.  Just over 6,000 men and women from all over the world – literally – are about to begin their college experience at NYU.  And so the goodbyes begin.

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Tot Later, Amsterdam

Well, today’s the day: I’m leaving Amsterdam.

It’s pretty crazy to think that I’ve been here for just two months living, studying, and growing, but that two months is up, and as I look back on the experience I’ve had, it’s pretty hard to use words for it. There is so much to consider, including the studio component, the living component, and how it made me look both out at the world and in at myself. Read More

6 NYU Housing Policies New Students May Not Know

This week was a pretty boring one in the life of Mishka, so enjoy my commentary on NYU’s student conduct code!

As a newly hired Resident Assistant (RA) at Founders Hall, I’m required to review the Student Conduct Policy and Process before Welcome Week and the start of the semester. It’s a wonderful bedtime read—by which I mean I can guarantee it’ll put you to sleep in less than five minutes flat. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to highlight some of the more interesting and obscure policies within it. Read More