What are 3 words that define NYU for you?
“A turning point.” NYU offers an educational experience that can and should be transformative for its students. After graduation, we are all compelled to move through the world as we find it and to write our own stories. Whatever the story, the experience at NYU—the courses, the dialogue with teachers and classmates, the open exploration of ideas and disciplines, the diverse academic ecosystem that the school so thoughtfully and thoroughly cultivates and makes available to all—it should all amount to a significant turning point in each student’s life. Age, experience, wisdom, all the things that the passing years (hopefully) bring our way, will determine the scope and significance of this turning point, how dramatic or subtle the turn was, the momentum it created, and its overall role in everyone’s unique narrative, but the NYU experience is a momentous marker in the journeys of all the students who’ve studied there.
Share your most memorable moments from NYU.
The most wonderful memory I have is of my parents being with me on campus on graduation day. I am a first generation “everything” in my family: first born in the United States, first to go to college, and first to look beyond the immediate confines of the working-class neighborhood in which I was raised and think about what more the world might offer through higher education. For the three of us to be together on that day was undoubtedly an immense part of the realization of their American Dream, and—as I have learned since—the beginning of the realization of my own. All the wonderful NYU moments in my life before that—the great courses, meaningful connections with classmates, my studies with Professor Gurland, the sense of intellectual freedom and inspired thinking—all were crystalized through the lens of watching my parents beam with pride at what we were able to accomplish as a family. It is still something that motivates me, and when I think about the memories of my Mom and Dad, those moments together on campus are always part of what makes me smile.
What was your favorite place on campus?
Without question, Washington Square Park. I have such great memories of being in that park as a student with friends and classmates, or on my own, surrounded by all the hustle of New York City, but also somehow feeling uniquely detached from that kinetic energy, immersed in a quiet, insular environment that allowed for time to be spent however I wanted: reading, chatting, listening to music, playing chess.