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Technically undecided + the "universe" in university + paternal grandfather NYU short


Mick 3 / 14  
Dec 30, 2010   #1
Please tell us what led you to select both your anticipated academic area(s) of study and the NYU school / college / program or the Abu Dhabi campus. What interests you most about your intended discipline? Mention any extracurricular or non-school-related activities or experiences that demonstrate your interest.

Though I'm technically undecided, I can see myself exploring Linguistics, Journalism, and International Relations, among others, at NYU. My forte lies in the humanities: As a member of the school newspaper and the school's literary magazine, I discovered a knack for artfully conveying ideas through the tip of my pen. I love culture, as I'm a Pakistani-American and a part of the World Language Honor Society. NYU would be the perfect place for me to accentuate my understanding of the world.

NYU is 'In and of the City' and 'In and of the World.' What does the concept of a global network university mean to you? How do you think studying in New York City, Abu Dhabi, or one of NYU's global sites would change you as a person and equip you to build cross-cultural relationships at NYU and beyond?

A university would be an oxymoron if it limited itself to one area. NYU most definitely emphasizes the "universe" in university. Above all, that's what I look for in a university. How can a school be taken seriously if it's not open to all types of people? New York City alone is cultural, but nothing can match the web of learning which NYU has built all over the globe. If I were to attend NYU, I would promptly seize the opportunity to study abroad and be a part of a truly universal university.

If you had the opportunity to bring any person -- past or present, fictional or nonfictional -- to a place that is special to you (your hometown or country, a favorite location, etc), who would you bring and why? Tell us what you would share with that person.

My paternal grandfather died in Peshawar, Pakistan the year I was born. All I know of him comes from stories and a small picture. If I could show him New York City, Times Square, and how far the world has come, that the grandson of a small village man can make something of himself in America, I'm sure that would've meant a great deal to him. I'd let him know how much his son (my father) sacrificed to make me what I am, and I hope he'd be proud of where I have reached and where I am going.

Comments on any of these would be greatly appreciated!
turntablespp 6 / 41  
Dec 30, 2010   #2
I think all of the essays are well written, but I just feel that your last one is a bit cliche. Most people do talk about bringing a loved one back.

hmm, but over all well done!
can you read my cornell essay in return?
ekim226 5 / 29  
Dec 31, 2010   #3
I think these are all really down to earth and great, although I do see Priyanka's point about the last one being a tad cliche. And the 'universe' aspect of university was pretty clever! Nice!
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jan 26, 2011   #4
Though I'm technically undecided, I can see myself exploring Linguistics, Journalism, and International Relations, among others, at NYU. My forte lies in the humanities: As a member of the school newspaper and the school's literary magazine, I discovered a knack for artfully conveying ideas through the tip of my pen. I love culture---Here, it will be great if you share an insight about culture to SHOW that you appreciate it instead of telling that you appreciate it.

A university would be an oxymoron if it limited itself to one area. NYU most definitely emphasizes the "universe" in university. Above all, that's--I like the idea of this essay, but not the first sentence. It reflects a misunderstanding of what an oxymoron is.

You write very well!!


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