The Answer Sheet is a blog at The Washington Post that focuses on helping prospective students and parents parse college decisions. They recently published an editorial by an anonymous student who took a tour of NYU’s campus and proclaimed it “My Favorite School (yes, with capital letters).” Among the positive notions the student took away from the tour were NYU’s seamless integration within the city at large (“you understand exactly where you are going. Your whole life isn’t centered around the school. Because New York is New York, you’re not confined to a campus.”), as well as our “excellent” study abroad program and “amazing” academics.
Of course this student also had to make a comment on our super hipstery student body: “I did feel like there were lots and lots of hipsters and artsy people there, though of course there were tons of people who weren’t like that at all. I think that is just the vibe you get from being in New York.”
There’s something so refreshing about unbridled enthusiasm for NYU. It generally comes from prospective students who have been pumped full of idealism via NYU Admissions packets and enthusiastic tour guides. They haven’t yet been demoralized, reduced to an N-number; they haven’t been put on hold with Financial Aid for an hour and a half, haven’t realized that, in this economy, their $200k education will probably lead to a fast food job. Oh, the pipe dreams of youth! How I recall them with poignant fondness.
Can’t wait to bitch about the lines for the Silver elevators with you, adorably positive anonymous student!