Kara Burritt, a team member of the Dean’s Office in Liberal Studies, works on communications and events for the Core Program and Global Liberal Studies. This April she traveled to Admitted Student Receptions at NYU London and NYU Paris to help welcome the Liberal Studies Class of 2020. Below, she blogs about the experience.
Fifteen years ago this month, I went to Admitted Students Weekend at the university where I would attend college. My family drove three hours from our house, and upon arriving, met students from around the region – like me. The campus felt like home, and I took that as a sign to enroll.
This year throughout April, I have had the opportunity to welcome new Liberal Studies students at Weekend on the Square and at Admitted Student Receptions hosted in New York City, NYU London, and NYU Paris.
I’ve met students from Connecticut and Florida who will spend their first year at NYU London; students from Italy, Brazil, and France who are New York-bound; and a student from China who will begin at NYU Washington, DC. Not to mention countless others!
Yet, no matter where admitted students are from or where they are going, I saw the Class of 2020 community beginning to form. At each Admitted Student Reception, students connected with one another and with their advisors, planning how to keep in touch over the summer to discuss Move-In Day or class registration.
NYU London’s reception featured a student speaker — Norbert Sobczak, a junior in Global Liberal Studies who was born in Poland, grew up in New Jersey, and studied at NYU in London and Washington, DC. Norbert reflected on his experience to admitted students at the event: “NYU is an array of communities with bridges between them.”
With a common curriculum and resources, Liberal Studies students across NYU will share similar experiences. But unlike my own university education, the Class of 2020 in Liberal Studies will bring a world of experience to classrooms in several different cities. The sense of home will be found through the people and community of NYU. To me, that’s the best of both worlds.