Being “Average” at NYU

In high school you may have been the cream of the crop, star of the school musical, the principal violinist, the quarterback of the football team, but things change going from high school to college. Sometimes other NYU students can be a little intimidating because let’s face it there are some cool people who attend/have attended NYU (Dylan and Cole Sprouse). Some students have been on Broadway, some have written novels, and other have traveled the globe making a difference in the world and you’re just sitting here thinking my high school musical was pretty great. So here are some important things to remember when coming to NYU:

  1. You all got into the same university after being judged on the same playing field. NYU has a holistic review process and they are looking at you as a whole, not just your grades and not just your standardized test scores. Someone on the admissions team at NYU liked you just as much as they liked M. Night Shyamalan (That’s right you are as awesome as M. Night Shyamalan).
  2. We are all here for the same reason. Whether you performed in Carnegie Hall or sang in your shower in high school we are all here at NYU for one reason and that is to study what we love. We all are studying the same material and nobody’s getting any special treatment.
  3. You are above average. I have been at NYU for a little bit now and I have yet to meet one average person. There are so many vibrant personalities and wonderful people and I wouldn’t refer to anyone I have met as average.

Sometimes I look around at all the accomplishments some of my peers have and get a little intimidated. Then I stop and think, hey, we are both here doing the same thing, go me. Think about all the people that walked the streets of NYU having no credentials and have gone on to do truly incredible things. You are nothing short of wonderful and who knows maybe one day long after you graduate you will be one of those alumni thanking NYU in their oscar acceptance speech. 


  • Your post is very inspiring. Your writing makes reader like me feel so special. NYU sounds like an amazing school to have someone like you.

    Katherine Lauw
    December 26, 2015

  • Yes yes yes. This makes me feel so much better. It’s easy to get down on yourself. It’s hard to realize your worth. Thank you, I think everyone needs to be reminded of this from time to time.

    Emily Burrage
    January 1, 2016

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