Friday, August 17, 2018

Spotlight on the Class of 2018

Students admitted to NYU's College of Arts and Science hold citizenship in over 100+ countries. We caught up with an international student, a first generation student, a transfer student, and a student who studied abroad, to find out about life post-graduation and their favorite memories of their time at NYU.

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

What did you study at NYU?

During my time at NYU, I majored in Biology on the Pre-Health track. I also minored in CAMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies) and Chemistry.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

Being a College Cohort Leader for CAS during my last two years at NYU was my favorite part of the NYU experience. Not only was I able to expand into another micro-community of great CAS students and amazing staff, but I also had the privilege of working with first year students as they transitioned to life at NYU and within New York City.

Can you tell us about your experience as a first generation college student?

At first, I definitely found it a bit difficult to transition to college classes with large lectures and weekly recitation sessions. However, by working with my TAs and professors, attending office hours, and forming study groups with classmates, I was able to adjust during my first year. After that, things became much easier and I found myself eager to get more from my college experience outside of the classroom. Heading into college I didn’t realize how important internships, clubs, and even on-campus jobs were. My advice to all first generation students is to ask for help when needed and each semester push yourself to continue to add extracurricular activities in order to enhance your college experience as much as possible.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Photographer and Former MTV News Reporter Tabitha Soren Lewis (WSUC ’89)

Photo Credit: Lou Noble
Many of our alumni remember Tabitha Soren Lewis as a reporter on MTV throughout the 1990s. She was the recipient of the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. She has since become a professional photographer, and in 2017 she published “Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream,” a book of her photos documenting 21 baseball players selected for the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class. We recently caught up with Tabitha who shared her memories of NYU, MTV, and the inspirations behind her photographs.

What’s your favorite memory of NYU?

In my freshman year I was working at Washington Square News on the top floor of the Loeb Student Center and I remember looking down the hall at the students working at the NYU radio station and thinking that they were having more fun. They were wearing leather jackets and had punk rock hair, and Michael Stipe and members of the Sex Pistols were coming in and out of the elevator. I knew that I wanted to be a reporter very early. I worked for the newspaper my freshman year, then I started reading the news for the radio station. I also edited the WNYU magazine.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Criminal Defense Attorney, on Why He Mentors NYU Students

Vinoo Varghese pictured with CAS students
Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96) of Varghese & Associates, P.C., has hired a number of NYU students over the years, to battle prosecutors. From left to right: Charles Calkins (CAS ’18), Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Katie Lanphere (CAS ’18), and Shirley Foo (CAS ’18)
Vinoo Varghese frequently appears as a legal expert on CNN, CBS News, and Fox Business News, among other television networks. He has been rated as a New York Metro Super Lawyer and a Martindale AV Preeminent attorney in the white collar criminal defense arena for the past several years. Since 2014, he has acted as an alumni mentor to NYU College of Arts and Science students. We caught up with Vinoo at the Varghese & Associates, P.C. offices to find out his advice for the Class of 2018.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Philosophy and studied Religion while I attended NYU. I’d competed in Speech and Debate in elementary school and high school, and during my first year at NYU. During my junior and senior years, I had a great experience acting as a Resident Assistant (R.A.) in Goddard, and I was a Conference Assistant for two summers. I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, so I was a local.

During my sophomore year, I became the President of the NYU South Asian Students Association aka Shruti, which was very active on campus. I also started a successful petition to have Hindi added to the curriculum, and in my senior year I got to take the first Hindi class offered at NYU.

Monday, April 16, 2018

CAA Board Member Florby Dorme (CAS '16) on his Experience as a Fulbright Scholar

Florby Dorme
What did you study at NYU?

I studied at the College of Arts and Science, where I majored in philosophy while also taking courses on the pre-health curriculum. 

What’s your favorite memory from NYU?

There are so many memories to choose from so I can’t exactly settle on one, but some of my favorite memories at NYU included experiences and events with people where I felt safe, included, and able to express myself completely and fully. Some events and organizations I had a great time with include: Academic Achievement Program (AAP), Gentlemen Of Quality (GQ), Opportunity Program (OP), Pre-Health Advisory Board (PHAB),  Comm*Unity, Alternative Breaks, MLK Jr. Scholars, and my study abroad experience.