If it’s Sunday, it must be London — and it is. I have just concluded NYU Welcome Week by meeting 85 first-year Liberal Studies students at our London academic center in Bedford Square.
In the past week I’ve welcomed some 1250 Core Program and Global Liberal Studies students in five cities — Florence, London, Paris, Washington DC, and, of course, New York — in as many days.
Frankly, I should be exhausted by this whirlwind tour — but I am not. I’ve met students from every region of the U.S. and from over 70 countries — all of whom now are part of the Liberal Studies community. They are bright, they are talented, and they bring to NYU a wealth of diverse backgrounds, interests, and aspirations.
I spoke with students from all over the world — from Albania, Australia, China, Cuba, Germany, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, and Thailand, and many, many more. I greeted students from great cities like Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Taipei, and from very small towns in California, Iowa, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont. Many of our new students have lived in several countries, and others applied for their first passports and took their first international journeys to join their NYU peers.
As diverse as they are, our students have much in common — their passion to learn and their interest in exploring their new homes. There is more I could say about them, but soon enough, our students will begin navigating their own journeys through NYU’s global network. They will soon begin telling their own stories, and I am looking forward to learning more about them.