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First off, before I get into any negativity,BrightPsychology
First off, before I get into any negativity, I love NYU. I really do. I moved here from California knowing no one - so had I decided to sulk in my homesickness, this school would have been very lonely, indeed. We're all big kids now, no one is going to hold your hand and make sure that you're doing okay. YOU have to make effort. It is a bit of a downside and you will feel lost at first, but it's nothing that a little socializing can't fix. Secondly, I like to party and have fun on the weekends. So does just about everyone else here, the only problem is that parties in New York City are not the same as parties in a college town. They cost money and it all adds up quickly, unfortunately. Many nights I would get dressed up, ready to go to fun rooftop parties only to find they were a bust. Also, if you have your heart set on a campus with tons of school spirit and big sports and a nice traditional campus... this school may not be for you. There is no school spirit and there is no traditional campus BUT NYU still kicks ass. My biggest piece of advice is to get ready for serious competition. Remember how in high school there were those kids who weren't the brightest? Yeah, at NYU those kids don't exist. Everyone is talented and everyone is smart and if you're competitive academically, it can be SO intimidating. I've spent so much time doubting my intelligence and my ability to match up to the kids here...don't do that. If you get in, there's a reason. You can do it and you're just as good as anyone else.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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My experience at NYU was a very positiveHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
My experience at NYU was a very positive one, in part because I knew what to expect from the university and the city, and because I was conscious of how NYU is different from smaller, more insular colleges. If you're looking for the close-knit, football-fraternity-rah-rah culture of a stereotypical American college, you won't find it at NYU. You need to make an effort to connect with people and find your own group. Some of the intro classes seem huge and impersonal, but as your classes get more advanced they also get smaller and more engaging. I've had classes that met in profs' apartments, in coffee shops and in the park. My advice to new students is to take full advantage of all the social resources: join clubs, attend plays and concerts, volunteer, and take every advantage of all the things to do in the coolest neighborhood of the greatest city in the world.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Do not attend this school without a seriousQuite BrightEducation
Do not attend this school without a serious professional life goal. It will be a waste of time and money. This is a school for those who know what they want out of life. This is a place for those who are already mature enough to live and survive in a LARGE urban environment. You will get almost no help from administration during your time at NYU and their paperwork is horrid.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2008
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Individual Value: F
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