Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Maximilian Guen (GLS '14) on Becoming a Media Entrepreneur

Co-founder of creative firm Magna Carta, Maximilian was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in Marketing & Advertising and Media along with fellow NYU alumnus Matthew Firpo (TSOA ’12). He spoke to us about his experiences at NYU, his inspirations, and working to change perceptions about the refugee crisis in Europe.

What did you study at NYU?

I studied Global Liberal Studies. Dean Fred Schwarzbach was the pioneer of GLS which married together an interesting mix of people with open minds to science, philosophy and the arts.

The fact that I have ended up in media is a prime example of its expansive focus. The subject of my thesis was “How to Manipulate the Mind using Visual Media.”

What inspired you to co-found Magna Carta, a creative firm, with fellow NYU alumnus Matthew Firpo (TSOA ’12)?

The environment of NYU and the energy of New York provided the inspiration. We realized that there was a gap in the media world and we wanted to create a company that acts as a pipeline for us and a small group of talented directors to constantly be creating and telling powerful stories across all mediums that are visual. We specialize in commercial, narrative, documentary and interactive content with the plans to develop a TV division.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Marnie Stern (CAS ’97), Electric Guitar Player in The 8G Band on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," on Touring and Television



The 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers is, according to Brooklyn Magazine, "Late Night’s Indie Band." Marnie Stern (CAS ’97), named to Elle Magazine’s list of the “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists,” shared with us her experiences performing on late night TV and touring internationally as a singer-songwriter.

What was your experience at NYU?

I started in Tisch School of the Arts for Acting but, after the first semester, I switched to CAS to study Journalism for a more well-rounded education. I'm still very close with all of my NYU friends, and it's been 20 years so that's saying a lot. I have a lot of fond memories in the dining hall and in the dorms.

When did you start playing music?

I started at NYU, kicking around some open chords and working on songwriting. I played some open mics in the West Village during college.

You have four albums under the Kill Rock Stars label. When did you know that you wanted to be a singer-songwriter?

I knew definitively after graduation. I realized that I had to choose something to do that I loved. And I started playing shows in the East Village for small amounts of money.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spotlight on Recent Alumni from the Class of 2016

Mansi Prakash (CAS '16) on the left with local volunteers
We caught up with a few recent Arts and Science alumni from the class of 2016.

Mansi Prakash

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Economics with a minor in Math and Public Policy and Management.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

There are a few! I met very driven and motivated classmates when I lived in Goddard Hall my freshman year. They were all doing their own thing, which encouraged me to pursue my own interests. That community was really important to me.

I took several great classes during my time at NYU, with professors who were very supportive and motivating, and always offered help. When I started my nonprofit organization, Brighter Today, my faculty gave me feedback and valuable guidance. In particular, Sarah Durham, Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration, guided me on how to set up a nonprofit and helped me prioritize.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jennifer DiBrienza, Ph.D. (WSC '93, STEINHARDT '94) on STEM Programs and the Future of Education


A former classroom teacher, Jennifer DiBrienza has worked as an education consultant with school districts across the country and internationally since 2001. She shared with us her experiences as an educator and the importance of teaching students to be ready for the unknown.

What did you study at NYU?

I thought I was going to go into Social Work but I found myself interested in Psychology. When I started thinking about becoming a teacher, Psychology seemed like a really good fit.

What's your favorite memory of NYU?

Meeting Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Joe DiMaggio before commencement!

What drew you to education?

I always loved math and I was aware of the general attitude of Americans (adults and children) that you are either a "math person" or you aren't. I decided to go into education with the hope of dispelling that myth.