New York University
On Wednesday, I had to get up before the crack of dawn to catch a 6:15am flight to my favorite place in the world, New York City. Getting up and having to fly for an hour and a half sucked (not a fan of flying), but I was really excited to go back to the Big Apple. Once my mom and I landed, we took a cab downtown to the South Street Seaport. After milling around for an hour or so, we were finally able to board the boat that would take us on the Hudson River to see the Statue of Liberty.
The boat first took us under the Brooklyn Bridge, then around the southern part of Manhattan to see Battery Park and the new Freedom Tower, then we saw the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The sights were very cool, especially from the top of the boat, but there were so many people on the boat that we had keep asking people to move so we could get a proper picture! But we did, eventually.
After our boat tour, my mom and I headed uptown where we ate a delicious lunch at a Ukrainian restaurant. It was so yummy! After our meal, the waitress gave us a traditional post-meal drink (but without the alcohol). It was pretty sweet and sticky; I would describe the taste as cherry-flavored cold medicine, but not as gross. We drank it and then went on our way to NYU!
The information session was very, well, informative. NYU has a very diverse student population, because it pulls students from all over the world. That was another point the session stressed: NYU is very global. There are three main NYU campuses, located in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. There are also eleven cities where NYU students can study abroad. The admissions officer speaking to us told us many times that an NYU student is someone who is intelligent and really wants to travel and study abroad (sounds like me!). NYU actually has more students study abroad than any other university in the United States!
One of the things I learned, and I thought was pretty cool and unique, is that, at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a student can pick and choose their own courses and essentially build their own concentration. How cool is that? This program would be pretty helpful to me considering my wide range of interests–there’s gotta be a way that I can combine acting, journalism, business, and law, right?!
Anyway, after the information session, we went on a tour of the campus. I wasn’t sure I would like NYU very much because I want that traditional college campus feeling, not just a handful of buildings in the city like Emerson. I was so wrong. I loved NYU! The school owns most of the buildings around Washington Square Park, making the park the university’s quad, so it is sort of like an urban college campus. The facilities were beautiful, there is so much to do both at the school and in the city, and I really enjoyed the experience!
Stats At A Glance
Location: New York, New York
UG Size: 21,820
Academic Reputation: 85/ 100 (Princeton Review)
Cost: $61,622- $65,622
Percent of Applicants Accepted: 32%
Pros: Located in NYC (one of, if not my most, my favorite places on earth), wants students to study abroad, very diverse, 22,000 internships available, lots of opportunities, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 230+ areas of study, average class size is small, easy to double major/ minor, renowned for its theatre program.
Cons: Journalism students are required to double major, but you can’t double major across schools, so I wouldn’t be able to major in both journalism and theatre. VERY expensive, and I don’t think I would be able to get a lot of scholarship money.
Overall Impression: I really enjoyed my visit to NYU. While it is not at the top of my list, it is very close! I think that I could really thrive there– I would be challenged academically and socially, and I would be in the center of some of the top institutes, headquarters, corporations, and artistic venues in the world.
Could I See Myself There: Yes!