We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand – Why NYU? (400 word maximum)
Since my debut book The Little Lost Barbies I composed at age three, the world has been my storytelling playground. After selling exactly one copy of my life’s work (to my parents who “bought” it with love), I have been on a mission never to stop telling stories. From writing articles, producing three yearbooks, creating online videos, to learning the basics of media production in multimedia classes, the art of communication has become a part of my everyday language, and the fluency in this language ultimately attracts me to NYU Steinhardt and its Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) major. Located in one of the media capitals of the world, NYU offers me an enriching communications education coupled with an international pool of stories to engage with and report on. Not only would I be able to engage with a diverse student body in an even more diverse city, but I also would be able to become a part of NYU’s page-turning global narrative, given the MCC major’s combination of internationalism, politics, visual communication (film and media), and cultural development — all of which are my favorite subjects to study. Further, I would be able to take part in the NYU Communications Club, allowing me to interact with the university’s communications department, connect with fellow MCC majors, and explore the numerous media hubs the city has to offer. Outside of Steinhardt, NYU affords me the ability to gain hands-on experience within the communications and journalism field as I would become a writer for the school’s newspaper, Washington Square News. Additionally, I would be able to expand my educational experience outside of the classroom, such as volunteering my time toward my love of learning with the America Reads and Counts at NYU tutoring project or going overseas to study abroad in Sydney, Australia. In January of 2016, I was granted the opportunity to come and visit NYU Steinhardt (luckily the day before the big blizzard hit). Despite a shift in climate coming from Florida to New York, I did not feel a shift in belonging. I saw myself thriving under the wave of the purple flag because at NYU Steinhardt, I know marrying my variety of interests in media, obtaining a hands-on educational experience, and leaving able to take on graduate school and the field of media are not just a dream but a tangible reality, blizzard and all.