8 Ways to Stay Sane While You Wait for Your College Decision

So you pressed that dreaded “submit” button and now you just… wait?

Waiting to hear back about a school’s decision can easily seem like the longest, most dreadful wait of your life. Here are some tips on how to handle the wait as you start to prepare for your first year of college:

  1. Recognize that it’s out of your hands

Once you’ve submitted your materials, you’ve done everything that you can. Appreciate that you’ve spent the past few weeks or months putting in a tremendous amount of hard work – this is your time to breathe out and relax!

  1. Surround yourself with the people you love

The people in your life are what help to keep you grounded. Take advantage of the fact that you may be a lot farther apart next year, and enjoy their company while you’re all close. Whether that’s creating new experiences together, or having your friend there when you need to vent.

  1. Enjoy senior year!

Embrace the fact that you might have less homework, extracurriculars, time to binge that show on Netflix, catch up on sleep and live your best couch potato life before college. Now’s your chance!

  1. Set a goal you want to achieve before college

Whether it’s getting into a new sport, finding a new hobby, learning a new language, or getting into yoga. Setting a goal will help you focus on the present, and life beyond college applications. These hobbies can be a great source of relief too!

  1. Learn how to cook (your favorite meals)

Though NYU’s dining halls offer a variety of delicious dining options, they might not serve your favorite meal and comfort food just the way your parents make it. Since your parents won’t be around to cook when you crave it, try to learn a few of your favorite recipes in case you get apartment style housing that features a kitchen.

  1. Get. Your. Drivers License.

Lady Gaga was 30 before she got her license. Why? Because when you’re living in NYC, you forget that you ever needed to drive anywhere. The subway is so convenient, and Via’s are so cheap that you’re never going to need to drive in the city. So get your license now, because as soon as you’re here, you’ll forget you ever needed it.

  1. Find a Balance

It’s easy to let senioritis take over, so remember to find a balance where you’re still working hard, but also taking any necessary breathers. In the words of Tom and Donna, never forget to treat yo’ self. 

  1. Realize that your school doesn’t define you.

This is going to make taking whatever comes your way a million times easier. Everything happens for a reason, so just remember that your actions determine where you end up, not your school. Keep working hard, and you’ll get where you need to be.

 

Good luck Class of 2022! You got this.

The College Waiting Game

So you’ve finished applying to NYU! Congratulations!

Pat yourself on the back, you’ve done a lot of work over your high school career and now all you have to do is wait. Easy, right?

No matter what schools you’ve applied to, the waiting game is absolutely the worst part of the college process, so here are my tips for what to do after you’ve applied to NYU.

Keep doing your work

It’s coming, the fabled Senioritis. You may think that you’re going to be immune to it, but it’s nearly impossible to not fall into the trap at least a little bit. It’s easy to just not do something, but make sure you keep doing your assignments, taking your tests, and going to class. You’re still a student first and you’re at school to learn. Also, you will have to send NYU your final transcripts, so let’s do a good job, OK?

Send Thank You Letters

Once you’ve submitted your applications, you can’t do anything until you hear back from your school, so don’t let the stress, fear, or even excitement permeate every waking moment of your life. Instead take this time to thank all the people who helped you get your application together. Your college counselors, teachers, mom, your dog! Send them a thank you card so they know how appreciative you are.

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Look at Student Life

Once you hear back from schools you’re going to have to pick the school that’s best for YOU. So, as much as you shouldn’t let college applications control your life, it’s okay to be excited and look things up! I remember watching videos on youtube, finding student publications, and watching senior thesis films (I’m a film major). I fell in love with so many of the schools I applied to. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and find reasons to be EXCITED!!

ENJOY

This is the last semester of high school! You may not see these classmates for a long time, so enjoy the time you have with your friends while it lasts. You’ll make so many new friends in college, and you won’t lose contact with your close friends from home, but you certainly won’t see them as often. Take some time to enjoy your social life. If high school hasn’t been your favorite 3 and a half years, enjoy your family (ESPECIALLY HOME-COOKED MEALS). None of this will be going away, but it won’t be as omnipresent in your life.

The college waiting game is probably the least fun part of the process, but it gives you some time to get excited and enjoy your life without the looming application deadlines. Take this time and do your work, get busy, get excited, and enjoy!

See you all soon!

Reflections on Candidate Weekend

Reflections on Candidate Weekend

The first Candidate Weekend of the academic year is this December, right around the corner. I applied to NYU Abu Dhabi Early Decision 1, and I came the December Candidate Weekend in 2013. I remember opening the invitation email on my phone between classes and not being able to pay attention for the first half of AP Biology.

I boarded the plane that December for my first trip overseas. I told myself that this was just a three-day interview – of course, this thought did nothing to calm my nerves. Once I arrived in Abu Dhabi, I was overwhelmed by all the newness. I heard voices speaking English, Arabic, Urdu, Tagalog, and more languages I couldn’t recognize. Every new person I met was from a different country. We visited the downtown campus, where NYUAD operated until 2014, and listened to a talk about Saadiyat Campus since it was still under construction. It’s funny to think about that time now, having lived on Saadiyat for nearly four years. While Saadiyat is more removed from the city than the downtown campus was, the new campus has vastly more resources and facilities, and as the student body expands we grow into the nooks and crannies and establish traditions that make Saadiyat campus our own.

Between interviews, forums with John Sexton and Al Bloom, and late-night conversations with other candidates, the days blurred together. At some point, however, I realized that despite being surrounded by new landscapes and faces, I felt more at ease than I did at my own familiar high school. I could relate to the Peer Ambassadors and other candidates in a new way, as if we all shared the same mixture of curiosity, versatility, and weirdness. When we drove out to the desert to climb sand dunes and eat machboos under a glittery night sky, I felt at home, despite having grown up with only mountains and greenery in the northeastern U.S. Standing in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, cloaked in an abaya and a sheila and pressing my toes into the sprawling carpet, I felt a sense peace settle inside me despite the hectic schedule of the weekend. I could tell that if accepted, I wanted to be here. Candidate Weekend is all about exploring and evaluating if NYU Abu Dhabi is the right place for you, not just the other way around. Seeing the city and the campus for yourself while getting to know your potential classmates is your chance to see how you fit. I tried to ignore the expectations of others and focus on the people and places surrounding me, because I wanted to really be sure that the school was right for me.

   

Candidate Weekend is only a few days long, and if you attend, you will be thrown into the deep end. Your roommate might have an accent you’ve never heard before. You might sit next to the Dean of Arts and Humanities at dinner and have a chat with him or her about your favorite poet. Do your best to be yourself anyway – ask questions of the administrators and Peer Ambassadors, get to know the incredible other candidates from around the world, and savor the experience. Keep your ears and eyes open and engage with the people of NYU Abu Dhabi as much as you can, because the three days of Candidate Weekend will be over in an instant.

 

5 Things To Remember After Applying To NYU

Once you have submitted that college application there is nothing you can do other than wait. With your family members, friends and teachers all saying “good luck” it has you thinking whether it simply is just luck or whether all that hard work will pay off. Here are my tips for those of you who cannot shake their applications from their minds.

  1. Be confident in yourself

You know how much work you put into those applications. You know that you tried your hardest in the standardised tests, classes and extra-curriculars. You know that you are one-of-a-kind and there is no one else like you and that those colleges will be lucky to have you. Even you are unsure of your ability you have to realise there are so many people out there who are confident in  you. Your recommenders put time and effort into their reviews, your counsellor put time and effort into their review. You have showcased yourself in the best positive light and that is all anyone can ask of you.

2) What is meant to be will be

Now I know this is cliché but it helped me a lot during my wait. I had to hold the believe that if a college did not offer me admission, it was for the best. I simply did not belong there and that is okay. It is okay because I tried my best. Also, if you are meant to be somewhere then you will get there and I promise that you will thrive.

3) Those admissions officers know what they are doing

The people that read your applications do so in the kindest and most thoughtful ways. They know the university and the expectations the college holds for its students. They can gage a person off an application and they can envisage them in that college. They know what’s best for the institution and for students and you have to trust in their judgement.

4) Keep trying in school

Don’t let the worries of waiting stop your progress in school. Once you get offered admission NYU will ask for your end of year grades and will question if they are not up to scratch. Also your high school teachers will understand the stress you’re going through and will be there for you. Use school as a way to distract yourself and keep up with normality. You’ll miss school and seeing your best friends everyday once college comes around.

5) Use your friends and family

Distraction and being kept on your toes is extremely necessary. Plan things you want to do in your town, enjoy time with your family and just have fun. Senior year is a time for enjoying things that you will never get to enjoy again and see people who you will miss whilst you’re at college. Utilise the wait time to tick off a lot of the fun things you want to do before the end of summer.

If you have any questions or want to check that NYU has received all your supporting documents then feel free to call the Undergraduate Admissions Office on: 212.998.4500

We know it’s stressful, we have been here before. Just know that you are not alone.

With Great Independence Comes Great Responsibility

Change is an undeniable part of growing up. Whether it is moving homes, changing schools, meeting new people, finding new interests, or anything in between, every single person experiences myriad changes in their life. For many people, myself included, one of the largest changes is the process of going to college. College can come with any number of transitions: a new city, new friends, new studies, or even a new identity—a new you, so to speak. In my experience, the change that took the longest for me to get used to was the independence. For better or for worse, a majority of college students operate on a level of independence with which few have had prior experience. You’re going to be treated as an adult in college, so no one is going to be nagging at you to do your homework, no one is going to be making sure you get to class on time (or even go to class at all), and fewer people are going to be looking out for you on a day-to-day basis. It’s not to say that no one is going to be supporting you, but it’s just that the increased independence is also going to come with a necessary increase in responsibility as well. You need to start taking responsibility for yourself. And when I say responsibility for yourself, I mean every part of yourself—for your own sake, as well as others’.

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Taking responsibility means a lot of different things. On the surface-level, your responsibilities are going to include basic necessities—eating three meals a day, getting enough sleep, staying healthy, sorts of stuff like that. But, just as important as the simple things is taking ownership over yourself, your happiness, and your own success. The biggest piece of advice I give to first-year students (or really just about anyone actually) is that if you want something, go get it. Do not wait for something to be presented to you on a silver platter—that’s not how the world works. Success takes hard work and you have to be willing to put in the effort to achieve it. College—NYU in particular, in my opinion—is a matter of getting out what you put in. If you’re not willing to expend the time and energy to research and pursue your passions, then you’re not going to achieve them.

I recently participated in a meeting of students, faculty members, and administrators from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study (my program!) where we discussed the resources available to students and the connection between students and faculty. As one of the few seniors in the room, I was asked several times if I had taken advantage of various resources that are offered to students in Gallatin, to see if they were effective resources. All sorts of things were brought up: faculty office hours, independent projects, student grants, fellowships, and funds, alumni networks, and more. To my embarrassment, I wasn’t aware of a lot of the resources mentioned, and the resources I did know about, I had only taken the initiative to make use of a few. Even though I walked out of the meeting slightly frustrated about this fact, I really only had myself to blame. I’ve been a student at NYU for four years now, so what was my excuse? This is what I mean when I say take responsibility for yourself. NYU and New York City as a whole has an unreal amount of things to offer students, but you have to be willing to go out to find them.

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Perhaps most importantly though, don’t complain about the things that you have every power to change. If you’re too busy, then reel it back with the commitments; if you’re studying something you’re not passionate about, switch programs! It can seem daunting to have this level of responsibility weighing on your shoulders, but it’s better to view it as a form of empowerment. You might have a lot of choices and changes coming up, but think about all of the new places this independence can take you. So register for that one art class you’ve always wanted to try out, put yourself out there to make new friends, apply for the grant you never thought you would get. Not everything is always going to work out, but giving something a shot never hurt.

The Fresh Princess of NYU

Original Cringey Remix “Fresh Princess of NYU” by Admissions Ambassador Marilu. Enjoy <3

Now this is a blog post all about how

My life got flipped-turned upside down

And I’d like to take a minute

Just sit right there

I’ll tell you how I became the princess of a school called NYU

In central Florida born and raised

In Disney theme parks was where I spent most of my days

Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool

And playing some tennis outside of the school

When a couple of NYU admissions letters got to my house

Started making me think about leaving my town

I sent in a little application and my parents got scared

They said, “You’re not movin’ to New York city and living all alone.”

I begged and pleaded with them day after day

They said yes so I packed my suitcase and went on my way

They gave me a hug and then gave me my ticket.

I put my headphones on and said, “I might as well kick it.”

First class, yo, this is bad

Drinking apple juice out of a champagne glass.

Is this what the people of NYU living like?

Hmm, this might be alright.

But wait I hear they’re hipster, indie, all that

Is this the type of place that’d accept me, a simple Florida gal?

Yeah, I earned it.

I’ll see ya when I get there

I hope they’re prepared, for the princess of NYU

Well, the plane landed and I got to campus

There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my ID out

I grabbed it so I don’t loose it yet

I just got here

I sprang with the quickness and grabbed the swag, #free

I ordered an Uber with a coupon code and when it came near

The license plate said “Fresh” and had dice in the mirror

If anything I could say that this Uber was rare

But I thought, “Nah, forget it.”

– “Yo, home to Third North.”

I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8

And I yelled to the cabbie, “Yo home smell ya later.”

I looked at my kingdom

I was finally there

To sit on my throne as the Princess of NYU

Cringey jokes aside, good luck with your applications and I hope to see you slaying here in the fall!

 

 

Spending Your First Year Away with NYU!

One of the things I love most about NYU is that there are ways to have all of the benefits and opportunities that come with being at the largest private research university in the country, while also finding small academic communities with discussion based classes. One of my favorite examples: The Liberal Studies Core Program.

The Core Program provides students with a strong, 2 year liberal arts foundation before they transition into one of NYU’s undergraduate degree programs to complete their Bachelor’s degree. Hallmarks of this program include small, discussion based classes, and emphasizing the great works in a global context for a 21st century education. As if all of that wasn’t enough, The Core Program is the only program at NYU that allows you to spend your first year either in New York City, or at one of 4 other global academic centers around the world! You can indicate your interest in studying away during your first year on your common application.

Imagine moving into your first year residence hall in Florence, Italy. NYU’s gorgeous campus is located at La Pietra, a breathtaking 57 acre estate on the hillside overlooking the city. Is it your dream to wander the city of  Florence, taking in the sights of the Duomo, and studying among the olive groves on our campus? Or, is the bustling city of London more your speed? Do you want to take in theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company, stroll among the exhibits at the Tate Modern, and maybe hope to catch a glimpse of the royal family at Buckingham Palace? Or, do you long for the exhilarating setting of our campus in Paris? You’ll live and learn in the Latin Quarter while you explore monuments, museums, and the culture of the City of Light. Finally, do you want to have a global experience right here in the United States in our country’s capital, Washington, D.C.? Students live and attend classes just blocks away from the White House, and take part in internships with government officials, international organizations, NGO’s, and the media–just to name a few.

No matter which site you choose for your first year experience in our Liberal Studies Core Program, you’ll leave your global experience as a student who is comfortable anywhere, and effective everywhere.

 

AHH! Do I Have To Decide On My Major Now?

If you are anything like me, you don’t even know what you’re eating for breakfast tomorrow.

When I was filling out college applications, I remember leaving the “Intended Major” section until the last minute. I was under the impression that I was deciding what the rest of my life was going to be. I dreaded making that decision. As a senior, I knew I had multiple interests which resulted in me applying to multiple universities —each for a different major—depending on the university’s strengths.

It seemed like I was in the same boat as almost all of my friends and classmates; I mean, how many 17 and 18-year-olds really know what they want to do for the rest of their lives?

After coming to college, I realized that the major you declare is not necessarily a permanent decision. I ended up switching my major two times before the end of the first semester. I began as a Science and Technology Studies major at the Tandon School of Engineering, then I switched to Biomolecular Science, and ended where I currently am as a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major.

That is not to say that when you switch majors, you think of the past majors as inferior, it’s more like going step by step to refine what you are truly passionate about and what you are meant to pursue. Through your classes, you’ll learn what you like and what you dislike—things that are impossible for you to learn until you begin your classes.

A major can seem like a perfect fit in your head or on paper…but not in real life.

At NYU, if you are switching majors within the same school, it is as easy as submitting an online form and then getting a signature from the head of your new major department. This is easier while you are a first-year student since you will have more room in your schedule to switch things around.

If you are switching between NYU schools, you are eligible if you have completed two semesters of consecutive full-time study at your current NYU school or college. All you have to do is fill out an internal transfer application online.

And as always, if the university you attend, does not end up offering the major that you find to be “the one”, there is always the option to do an external transfer to another university. In order to do that, speaking to an advisor would be the first step as well as researching the school’s transfer process.

All in all, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay if you aren’t sure if the major you declared on the Common Application is for you. You’ll have plenty of time to figure out your future career path and your career path will have plenty of time to find you.  

 

“Let Me Put You In My Google Calendar” – 5 Time Management Tips

Class, work, extracurricular activities, having a social life, and experiencing New York City. There honestly is no better way to organize your life than to have an updated and accurate Google calendar. No, this isn’t an advertisement for Google; iCal or good ol’ paper calendars work, too. My point is, as students in New York City, we need to have some means to get to everything we want to do and not forget it. Because honestly, I’ve stood my friends up for lunch one too many times.

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