Remembering Home

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In a globalized world, we often forget our roots and heritage, especially when living away from home. Adapting to a large city with a fast paced life can be intimidating at times, especially when you feel like you don’t belong. Being grounded in one’s identity and roots is a very important aspect of growing up, as well as understanding that there are different cultures and beliefs that may not necessarily be in line with yours. Developing an appreciation and accepting these differing views is a skill, which not only makes interactions with others easier, but also enforces a sense of global citizenship and a holistic awareness of the village of the world that we live in. Being at NYU, one of the most liberal higher education institutions of its time, and living in New York City, makes the experience of cultural integration even more rewarding and fruitful. NYU is a community of micro communities, and whether it is through the global study away programs, or through involvement in extra curricular activities and clubs on campus, you are guaranteed to find a society, which you associate with more than others. If you don’t, there are many options through which you can get involved and start your own clubs, and become an integral part of the larger student body. Whether you are from a small conservative city, or whether you have lived in a big city before, it is important to keep in mind that we are one people, each with a unique identity and sense of the world. Be you, be NYU, but most importantly, be a citizen of the world.

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