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The Journalism BA at New York University is unlike any other. It is immersive in that New York is one of the best cities in the world to learn how to report. The professors are highly-acclaimed working journalists and producers, who will strive to help you get your career started. In addition, the Journalism department offers you access to an extensive database of internships, part-time and full-time positions.
I was afforded a stellar education at NYU. I can honestly say that I was afforded many opportunities as a direct result of having attended NYU. It is a tremendously impressive institution. My professors were knowledgeable, supportive and accessible. The students were all highly motivated and supportive of each other's academic endeavor. In fact, my collaboration and involvement in many on-campus study groups served as a much-needed lifeline when faced with grueling exams, projects, and presentations. NYU also offers a plethora of student organizations, both professional and social, that facilitated a profound learning experience for academic and social growth well beyond campus life. I could not have received a more comprehensive education. It is an expensive Institution? Absolutely!! However, it is well worth it, as your tenure there will provide life-long professional and social growth and opportunities.
My experience at NYU was not good. The courses I took were not completely useless, but I felt that there was a general lack of preparation on the part of my professors and an overall sense of superiority that was completely unearned. It was as if the teachers felt that their unfounded remarks and opinions mattered simply becasue they were working at NYU. Being from New York, I have long known NYU to be the mediocre school that I still think it is. NYU has a number of great-sounding courses - particularly those focused on film and the arts - but every course I've taken seems to have been a bit of a bait and switch trap. My general feeling has been that I paid a lot of money for something that didn't really get me to a better place either in terms of my knowledge of the topic or in my search for work related to that topic. I don't think it was just me. I felt that among most of my classmates as well.
I do not recommend NYU at all. I had been very excited to study Social and Consumer Psychology and was elated to be getting my second masters at NYU. I moved from Florida to attend. However, after getting there my advisor was unsupportive of me. I was constantly looking to get scholarships to pay for the outrageous bill to attend there. Every scholarship required a letter of recommendation from my advisor. Dr. Gans repeatedly refused to write one for me on several occasions and acted out of discrimination towards my religion. That school left a very bad taste in my mouth.
Gallatin School of individualized study was an amazing place to earn a degree. My education combined the performing arts with psychology, and going to Gallatin opened doors to learning at many of the colleges within NYU. However, my favorites ended up being Gallatin courses (including the Gallatin acting courses); there, I found passionate educators and students who were similarly self-motivated, passionate, and contributed immensely to the learning experience. Gallatin provides ample opportunities to tailor your educational experience, including working closely with an advisor (I would highly recommend selecting an advisor carefully, as your relationship deeply influences your experience), study abroad, and taking independent study courses with an advisor. The more you take advantage of these opportunities, the better off you will be. I walked away retaining much of what I had learned, as the curriculum was rooted in interdisciplinary educational philosophies. My one disclaimer for the experience was (of course) the cost of NYU. It is insanely expensive. I would encourage any student considering such a costly program to consider their options carefully. It was an experience I would not take back, but as a young college student I don't think I fully realized the scale of the expense.
Attending NYU for my undergraduate career was a great experience. I studied mathematics at the prestigious Courant Institute under a number of well-known and very well respected mathematicians. The faculty and staff were extremely helpful in all respects, whether it came to help in the course, or advice in general about career, events outside of school, and ways to make new connections. There were many opportunities for students to meet with faculty, do research studies under the guidance of professors, and even grade homeworks of other undergraduate math courses as a help to the professors. The courses and experiences I had at NYU positively impacted my undergraduate education, and supported and pushed me towards the career path I am on now.
NYU is an incredibly unique institution because of its central location in New York City. My professors all had an incredible connection to the city through their other jobs and networks. I was also able to take advantage of the city by interning at various NYC-based organizations. NYU students are all extremely ambitious and hard working and the ones in my program were all extremely passionate about the work we were studying. NYU's location in Greenwich village allows students to experience the cultures of NYC and NYU's global campuses allow students to easily study abroad.
This is a very unique degree program. There are only a few programs of its kind in the country. In NYU's Rita and Burton Department of Dramatic Writing, one gets to study film, television, and playwriting. The program really emphasizes Aristotle and his version of dramatic structure, but depending on which professors one gets, there is more room for deviation from that structure.
This school is essentially what you make of it. If you want to be isolated and keep to yourself while you pursue this degree, you can definitely do so. If you want to join groups, be a part of the community, network yourself among hundreds of peers and professionals, you can definitely do so. I recommend the latter. This school provides unlimited opportunities and resources but you need to pursue them yourself. Also, if you are interested in applied psychology (clinical work, counseling) I would recommend looking into Steinhardt's applied psychology program, the CAS psychology program is much more geared towards the science aspect of the field.
As a Cinema Studies undergraduate major, I learned how to see film as a vehicle for social change and activism. The theoretical approach to film proved invaluable in my understanding of film as art and in recognizing how trends within the film industry shape and reflect national affect.