It’s been three years, and sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I ended up at NYU. You see, NYU wasn’t originally on my list of colleges at all. Every other college I applied to was in my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. That is, before my best friend (who was a junior at the time) begged me to apply because she was also planning to the year after. So for her sake, I went ahead and applied right before the deadline and forgot about it all until April 1st, 2014…
That was the day we received our admissions decisions. And the day my life would change forever.
As soon as I realized I had gotten in, I ran downstairs and told my parents the great news. While they were happy for me, they were also very hesitant because they knew that meant I would be moving out of the house. They still agreed to tour the school with me for admitted students weekend (a.k.a. Weekend on the Square) though. And as soon as I stepped foot onto campus, I started imagining myself taking classes here and I could barely contain my excitement.
However, I still wasn’t completely sold because I didn’t know if I was ready to live on my own without my parents. But that day when we went on a campus tour, my tour guide said something that I still remember to this day. He said, “life begins where your comfort zone ends.” I knew that if I chose to stay close to home and go to a college in Maryland, I would most definitely be in my comfort zone. I realized then that I had to force myself to step outside of my little bubble if I really wanted to get the most out of my college experience.
So I accepted my offer of admission, paid my deposit, and I haven’t looked back. From the Presidential Welcome at Madison Square Garden, to living five minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge, to meeting celebrities on my walk to campus–my NYU journey has been amazing so far. Coming to NYU was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Not only have I grown and matured as a student, I have learned so much about myself and my future goals along the way.
While I am not quite ready to leave my new comfort zone of NYU and New York anytime soon–I can’t wait to see where I go next.