College Update: Sarah Shin at NYU

By Yili Wu, Editor-in Chief

What do you miss the most at GL?

I miss how close I was to all my classmates and teachers. In college, especially in schools as big as NYU, there aren’t as many opportunities to become close with your classmates and teachers as there were at GL.

How is NYU different from GL?

Since NYU is located in lower Manhattan, its environment differ the most from that of GL. NYU lacks the traditional “college campus,” so I often feel more like a “New Yorker” rather than a student.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about NYU/college?

My favorite thing about NYU is having access to famous restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and shopping locations (SOHO is a 10 min walk) all within walking distance! Since there are so many things to do in the city, I like how I can escape the academic realm during my free time. My least favorite thing is how costly the city can get. Five dollars for a water bottle is definitely a stretch on a student budget!

What is your favorite class so far and why?

My favorite class is Commerce and Culture, which is a required course for students in the business field. This is most similar to english classes in high school, but the course is more business-focused. We read books and watch movies that help us understand the correlation between business and culture.

What kind of student is a good fit for NYU?

NYU is definitely the perfect place for anyone willing to explore, comfortable in a diverse environment, enjoy walking, and pursuing a global education.

What is the best way to deal with the transition from high school to college?

On an academic level, be prepared to filter out study habits that have worked for you in high school. Your grade in a college class is mostly based on 3 or 4 grades, which is much less than high school classes. On a social level, don’t expect everyone to reach out to you as they did in high school. Escaping your comfort zone is the easiest way to make friends.

What is your advice to someone who wants to go to NYU?

Although there aren’t any long essays in the NYU application, don’t underestimate how valuable the short responses are to your admittance decision.


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