NYU was always my dream school. I don’t remember when my fascination with this university began, but I feel like I’ve always known I wanted to end up here. The true “university” experience, with a campus and prevalent Greek Life and a football team never seemed like the college experience I wanted. NYU offered great academics, incredible opportunities, and, above all, the city.
On the same day I was accepted to NYU, I was rejected from Stanford. When the rejection email came, I was already too excited about NYU to really care, but there was a quiet voice in the back of my mind that reminded me that even though I didn’t want to go to Stanford, it wasn’t even an option. After moving out to New York, I started to discover that I wasn’t the only one quietly pining after the classical Ivy League-esque experience. While NYU offers so many amazing things to its students, there is a sense, for many of us, that we “weren’t quite smart enough” to go to Columbia or Stanford or Yale.