Tavi, I’ve been a fan since the early days of Style Rookie. Your writing style, from an early age, has been so distinct and so true to who you are. I loved reading your posts about fashion because they weren’t like every other fashion blog back then. Your fashion, and writing, seamlessly combined a creative and artistic style with a great sense of humor. So when I found out that you’re considering NYU, and my home base Gallatin, I knew I had to woe you to come here.
This is why you should come to NYU:
1) Other than its awesome location, and locations abroad, NYU has an amazing source of creative students. It’s one thing to be a big artsy fish in a small pond, but it’s a completely different feeling when you’re one of the many artsy fish, swimming upstream in a creative collaborative community. At NYU, you’d have the opportunity to work with fellow students whom you never would’ve crossed paths with otherwise. And you get to do so before you get out into “the real world.” The students here are driven, funny as hell, wicked smart, and good at what they do. And you, Tavi, are “only” a senior in high school and look how much of an impact you’ve already had on the arts and literary community. Imagine what you could do here, alongside the 40,000 plus students of NYU.
2) NYU is an anomaly. We’re not your typical college experience–and the students here realize that. We don’t have a “normal” campus. But that’s because NYU doesn’t end when you leave the classroom, dorm room, or even the city itself. When you agree to come to this school, you agree to go beyond the walls of a college campus–an option that some schools just don’t have. But when you leave campus, to go to your internship or even just hang with friends on a Thursday night, you bring NYU with you.
Sometimes I feel like the biggest nerd in the world because I can’t stop talking about a theory a professor explored in class that day. If I’m just chilling at Palladium and my friend is folding her laundry, I’m going to tell her about Jacques Lacan’s anamorphosis theory because it’s freaking interesting and excites me. So what that I constantly can’t stop thinking about adapting Antigone into a modern film because I read the Theban Plays in class the other week. This is how my mind works at NYU and I have a feeling you’d like this aspect too.
3) The teachers here are unlike those you’d have anywhere else. They are crazy, loud, witty, and passionate. Just like the student body. But unlike the student body, they have studied their subjects for years and therefore, can teach us to a degree that might make your mind explode. Don’t get me wrong, Tavi, other schools have amazing teachers too. But at NYU, your teachers are not just teaching AT you, they’re teaching WITH you. They’re learning while we’re learning. They’re listening just as much as we’re listening. Like I mentioned earlier, NYU is all about community collaboration and growth. We don’t always see eye-to-eye, but that only furthers our debates and our chances to expand our thinking.
4) We, as a student body, are interested in a thousand different things. I can’t stress this enough. I honestly don’t know one student in Stern, Tisch, etc. who is solely interested in what they are majoring in. I know finance majors who are passionate about acting. I know acting majors who can’t stop computer programing. We’re into so many different things and want to do them all at once, and now.
Luckily, NYU allows us to do so. The opportunities at this school to branch out beyond our majors and into unknown territory have led to some of us even to change our majors down the road. Personally, I was determined to get into the fashion industry when I first came to NYU. But after being surrounded by many other sources of creative energy when I got here, I decided not to limit myself to one sector and instead, I’m able to dabble in areas I would’ve never tried otherwise.
Tavi, I have to be honest here; this article’s purpose isn’t purely to win you over to come to NYU next year. It’s my own sort of PSA for students who are considering NYU as their college for the next few years. NYU isn’t for everyone, in the same sense that any college isn’t for everyone. To come to NYU, you have to have drive and passion, and most of all, a good sense of humor–which you seem to have down pat. We have no doubt in our minds that you would make a great addition to our community. So if you’re willing to consider us, we’d love to have you! We are 100% sure the admissions folk would feel the same.
Photo by Hanna Armour.