Goin’ Up A Yonder – New York Culture Shock

Although I will deny it from time to time, you are reading the words of a boy who was raised in The South (North Carolina and Alabama to be specific), which, for those unfamiliar, is a part of the United States rather different than the Northeast, and very different from New York.

So, despite the fact that I’ve wanted to come to the North and see New York City since I was a youngin’, there was still a bit of culture shock, so let’s talk about how to handle that.


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Memoirs of a First-Year

Picture this. You’re sitting at your desk at twelve o’clock at night eating Kraft mac n’ cheese—because you didn’t eat dinner..because you had a venti double chocolate Starbucks frappuccino at three o’clock after one of your exams…because you’re a self-indulgent college freshman whose motto became “treat yo self” after binge watching Park and Rec during your first semester (Aziz went to NYU!). You’ve got one hand on your fork and the other navigating through the twenty tabs open on your laptop. You glance at the time on your phone, sigh, and begin to reflect upon all your current thoughts.


Okay, so you might have had to imagine that this is where you are now. Unfortunately, it is where I am right now. Although I hope you are in a much comfier state because you have much better productivity skills than I do during finals season. I want you to stick with me for a moment.


What’s on your mind? Your first thought might be the three exams for your classes coming up and a final essay for your first-year expository writing class due tomorrow; these things hanging over your head like a reminder that if you don’t live at the library for the next week, your GPA might go down the drain. But that might be your brain telling you that you can’t wait for the school year to be over. But is that true?


Do you really want to leave? Whether you’re happy or sad about leaving college and whether you’re staying over the summer, there’s no denying that from the day you stepped foot onto campus, your world has split into two.


There are your friends that you’ve made here in college and the friends that you have back home. If you’re living on campus, there’s the room you have with a twin XL bed with a roommate that you adore, and the bed you slept on back home. Going home means no essays, no exams, and exponentially fewer tasks in your planner.


But you’re also a bit worried about going home. You see, within a course of a year, a lot has changed. You’ve grown in more ways than one—you’ve begun to understand yourself. You aren’t necessarily a radical new person (as seen by your unceasing procrastination and weekly chipotle cravings), but you are an improved person, seen from skills you learned from being independent and the quality of relationships you made with the people around you.


Now then, the question is, how much of that positive change is a result of your away-ness? Perhaps it is a result of your here-ness?


The end of your first year in college marks a transition. Going home means seeing friends who have also experienced similar positive changes. Things won’t be the same? Or will they?


It’s scary I suppose to think of all these changes that have occurred during my first year. Living in a large metropolitan city has definitely facilitated my strong independence as well as those changes. However, when I take a step back, I’m still the same person at the core—watching pug videos and tagging friends in Facebook posts.


As I push the mac n’ cheese around the cup, I’ve come to acknowledge that my overthinking is a blessing. To be agonizing between such incredible places, to have grown so much within the past year, is something that I’ll look forward to during my time at college. After all, in three and a half months, I’ll be back living in an entirely different place on campus and wearing the title of a sophomore. New year, new challenges. And I’d like to think that that’s the beauty of it all.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Classes Wisely

CONGRATS! You’ve been admitted to NYU and have made all the deposits.

Soon you’ll be filling out housing preferences and registering for fall classes. Now all that’s left is to shop, pack, and prepare for your adventure in the Big Apple.

While you wait in anticipation to join the likes of Gaga and the Sprouse twins, here’s a few of my pro-tips for making your schedule throughout your college career.


1. Decide if you want to study abroad.

If you’re like me and have a major with a really structured course load, you should start planning ASAP for how your schedule will need to be organized so that you can take classes abroad. If you tell your advisor you want to study abroad from the beginning, then they’ll really work with you to make it happen.


2. Keep close contact with your advisor.

Your advisor should be your best friend when it comes to your academic progress. Be sure to consult with them before taking a class not already recommended for your major. I’ve had to work with my advisor so I could find classes that I liked and would still count towards my graduate requirements.


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3. Figure out your preference for morning, afternoon, or late classes.

Everyone is different, and one of the great things about college is getting to choose your schedule. If you’re like a lot college students and hate waking up early, it’s probably better for you to not schedule morning classes if you don’t have to. Maybe you’re like me and can wake up for an 11am if I know I’ll finish all my classes by 2. Or you’re like my roommate who hasn’t had a class before 1pm since sophomore year. In any case, try to make the schedule fit your needs because the better it fits, the easier it will be to go to class everyday… and you SHOULD go to every class. Besides if you really hate mornings, you can just do what this guy does every morning:


4. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Keep in mind, you’re essentially scheduling your life for the next few months. It may seem easy and fun to take all the cool classes you’ve heard of from upperclassmen, but remember that you will be doing all the work and will need time. Don’t overload your schedule by taking too many hard classes at once or ones with too many assignments if you don’t think you can balance it all. Remember that you’re still gonna want to go to club events, socialize, see movies, etc. so be sure to keep your work load manageable for your sake. Balance your life better than this guy did:


My Favorite NYU Student Perks

Welcome Class of 2021!! Now that you’ve finally finished the exhausting college admissions process and have committed to NYU, it’s time to talk about the ~fun stuff~. I’m sure you’re all super excited to finally make it to campus, move in to your residence hall, and start exploring New York. So here are some of my favorite perks about being a student in the Big Apple. This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of everything you can do with your NYU ID or as a student in the city…because there’s seriously a lot. 

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Summer in the Big Apple

Spring is a great time to enjoy the warm weather of NYC. People are shedding their thick winter layers, everyone is laying out, friends are catching up and brunching on terraces – it’s basically just a great time to be an NYU student (but tbh, when is it not a great time to be an NYU #amiright?). But, I think one of the most stressful decisions for some is deciding whether or not to stay in this amazing city for the summer.

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Wait List Update #2

On Monday, May 22, we will admit another round of students from our wait list. By Monday evening, we will have admitted a total of 925 students from our wait list.

Included in those offers of admission will be students awarded one of the 70 spaces we have in our new Spring Admission program. These students will arrive in January for the Spring semester. They will stay with us for the Summer term to ensure they are on track to graduate with the Class of 2021.

It is highly unlikely that we will admit anyone from this point forward to our Global Liberal Studies Program, our Meyers College of Nursing, our School of Professional Studies, or our campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. All of these programs and campuses are at capacity. It is premature to speculate on our other programs at this time but I will provide you with future updates this summer when I have more definitive information to share.

We will provide all of our applicants with a final admission decision no later than August 1. In the interim, please feel free to review our wait list FAQ if you have not done so already.

We respectfully ask that you do not send us any additional materials whatsoever at this time and that you not call or email to inquire about your status on the wait list. There is no additional information we can share at this time.

I realize how anxious you must be about receiving a final decision from us and I cannot thank you enough for your patience. Please know that we appreciate your interest in NYU and we will be in touch to provide closure as soon as possible. 

Singing the Email Bounce Back Blues

Did you use your high school email address on the Common Application? Have you already lost access or are you about to lose access to that account?

Every year applicants, admitted students, and wait listed students miss out on critical information because they lose access to the school email address they used on the Common Application before the admissions process concludes. Students miss deadline reminders and opportunities while we’re singing the email bounce back blues in the office.

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Wait List Update #1

Now that May 1 has passed, it appears that while we met our enrollment goal for the Class of 2021, we do have some capacity to accommodate additional offers of admission, with the understanding that not every student who has confirmed their intent to enroll thus far will actually join us this fall.

As a result, we will move forward with extending roughly 325 new offers of admission sometime on or after May 10. Students offered admission (and financial aid if applicable) will have 72 hours to respond to their offer of admission.

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An Over-Acheiver’s Guide to Not Over-Committing

This one goes out to all my fellow high school overachievers! I see you, doing all the extra credit and joining another club even though you’re already the President of three. I get it. In high school I was honestly a member of ten or so different clubs. Why did I do it? Data inconclusive. I will say that I was genuinely interested in all of my high school extracurriculars. But to be totally honest, my recollection of my time in most of them is vague.

Accurate representation of me in high school, tbh.

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