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I had a wonderful experience at NYU. The University's location gives truly unparalleled access to internship and networking opportunities, and the school makes it easy to take advantage of everything the city has to offer. The University also has some of the best professors in the world, and continues to attract more extremely qualified educators. It was easy, as a student, to get involved with research, and the professors were readily available to offer career advice. I did not find the University's career services to be particularly useful, but my professors were immensely helpful to me as I tried to figure out my career goals.
NYU as an entity is a humming, vibrant body of talent and intellectualism and a welcoming place for students from all over the world. Academically, I found my courses to be both challenging and satisfying, and enjoyed the range of classes I was able to take within my area of study, particularly the electives available in my junior and senior years as my interests expanded. Student services such as the accessibility of financial aid as well as the information made available to students concerning topics like loans and navigating the process of attending college altogether (for first-generation students like myself) could use a little improvement and empathy. Overall, however, I enjoyed my time at NYU and my experiences in New York City immensely.
The Silver School of Social Work not only enlightens students to social injustices, but provides the skills, opportunities, and empowerment to effect change. Located in New York City, there are plenty of opportunities for field placements in clinical/direct practice settings. One can work with issues relating to trauma, older adults, children, adolescents, mental health, etc. Although macro/mezzo level social work and research is less focused upon on the undergraduate level, the social work administration is working to create more opportunities for students who show interest in those fields. For example, there is a new advanced research elective offered for undergraduate students, and opportunities for social work students to travel abroad to learn more about international social work. The coursework for undergraduates is balanced and provides an excellent foundation for generalist practice. A student can expect to come out of the BSW program with a knowledge of social work's history, human development across the lifespan, social work research, social work values, social welfare and programs in America, experience practicing and processing interactions in field placement, and social work theories. Additionally, there are various electives offered for students. In a school where community can sometimes be hard to find, the Silver School of Social Work creates a tight-knit community consisting of students, faculty, and administration. Furthermore, students are diverse in all sense of the word: students come from different cultural backgrounds, vary in age, economic status, area of interest, physical/mental ability, gender, sexuality, religion, and more. This serves to enhance awareness and exposure to differing world views. However, a cautionary note when attending NYU, it is an expensive school: not only is the tuition quite high, but the costs of daily living can and will add up. Additionally, in the senior year of the BSW program, students are expected to complete 600 hours in their field placement. This means working at one's field placement 3 days a week and class 1 day a week. Though this may seem exhausting, it will better prepare one when preparing to enter into the workforce or into MSW programs. I will be graduating NYU's BSW program this May and will be attending NYU's MSW program in the fall. I am grateful for the opportunities and people I have met during my undergraduate experience and I feel confident in my ability as a social worker as a result of NYU's BSW program.
NYU is not the kind of school where everyone would be happiest, but it is the kind of school where everyone can find happiness. There is no real campus, finding community is difficult, and most students are doing ten things at once. But for anyone willing to put in the effort, there are countless opportunities for growth. I had a valuable experience at NYU because I did everything: after realizing how much I enjoyed my Intro to Sociology class freshman year, I developed a relationship with the professor and was able to secure a research assistant position, which I held for the rest of my college career. Enthusiasm and a go-getter attitude always paid off, whether it was in obtaining that research assistant job, pursuing interesting projects for classes, or studying abroad. I went into college shy and quiet and emerged a new person. My professors in the sociology department were outstanding, counseling me one-on-one and encouraging my interest in a specific area of sociology. Sociology students in New York City have unique possibilities to go anywhere with their research, whether they want to study public housing, the Orthodox Jewish community of Crown Heights, or a public park in a neighborhood (all projects which I had the opportunity to complete). All in all, I had an amazing experience studying society and social behavior in the most diverse, populous city in the country at a school that encouraged all pursuits.
The students and the professor are great. I learned a lot and the internship opportunities are amazing. As with any college, some professors are hit and miss, but for the most part, all of my professors in the social work program were really caring and always available to us. A lot of the professors go above and beyond to make our learning experience valuable.
NYU is an excellent choice for risk takers, self-starters, and dreamers. Know what your passion is? There are plenty of courses to help you cultivate your craft and plenty of organizations for internships. Not sure? You'll find your niche here in no time.
My review on the school: There are a lot of cliques in this schools. Basically everyone tends to hang around their own majors and not interact with the other majors. This is typical since the workload is insane and everyone just hangs around to do homework. The elevators are always broken. Prints are down every other week. Overall, the professors here are researchers. That's all. They don't know how to teach! Everything is self learning. But their research brings in grant money for the school. I would recommend doing research with a professor. They need a lot of assistants. And by that I mean slaves. My review on my major: The cliques in here are the worse because already the total major is 50 kids overall. And half of these kids are either TAs or a part of the BS/MS program. So 25 kids are TAs and grading the exams of the lesser 25.... This is a dumb idea and structure of this major because our TAs are the same age with the same experiences. There are people like me who has high school biology and a previous internship at lab before coming here. So I know a years worth of biology more than the TAs. Yet they incorrectly grade my exams and homeworks because they didn't learn the advance topics like me. And I have to go to the professor every week to get things straighten out. He tried to recruit me to be one of his slaves/ TAs, but I rather not since it's notoriously known to be overwork you and drain you of all your limited free time and happiness. OVERALL THE FINANCIAL AID HERE IS WORTH IT. So many kids here are low income and have full rides. I am not kidding. Google it and you will see that 91% of this school has financial aid despite the NYU, across the river, sucks in Financial aid. Poly/Tandon gives out financial aid like its candy!!!!! Also white people are the minority in this school. This is a dream school. I am not kidding. Google it if you don't believe me.
NYU has an excellent academic program with amazing professors and curriculum. The student body is very diverse and international. The location in New York gives the opportunity for many networking opportunities and chances for internships that most students around the country do not have the chance to take part in. It can be difficult to find a social community, though, and requires a very independent personality to thrive. It is definitely not the college experience for everyone because of this.
NYU was a great university that had a great number of resources. The College of Nursing specifically was a great community and the professors were very passionate, intelligent, and dedicated. At a university like this, it is important to be independent and work hard.
New York University helped engender a passion for exploration that I continue to benefit from ten years later. I studied for a year in a foreign country, led a student organization and traveled extensively for extracurricular tournaments. NYU will leave a lasting impact on my life!