Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Meet Helene Stapinski (WSC ’87), Writer and Former NYU Bobcat

Helene StapinskiHelene Stapinski as NYU Bobcat
Helene Stapinski (WSC ’87), is the author of three memoirs, including the national best seller, Five-Finger Discount.  Her most recent book is Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family and Forgiveness in Southern Italy. Stapinski previously wrote the Works in Progress column for The New York Times and currently is a regular contributor across all sections of the newspaper. We sat down with her to find out about her experiences as an NYU student, the inspiration for her writing and her advice for incoming students.


What did you study at NYU and how did your education shape what you do now?

I studied magazine journalism. I learned all the basics at NYU and then used those skills and my clips at the Washington Square News and the Courier to get my first job at the Hudson Reporter, a weekly in Hoboken.

Helene Stapinski: her story continues

Monday, June 22, 2020

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20), Forbes’ “30 Under 30" Honoree

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta
Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20) was a 2020 Forbes’ “30 Under 30" honoree in the area of science. According to Forbes: “Over half of the population on the planet speaks multiple languages, but little is known about the neuroscience behind that. Blanco-Elorrieta aims to change that. Her research is devoted to understanding the neurobiology of multilingualism, and has led to a critical reformulation of the theoretical framework of bilingual language organization.” She sat down with us to talk about her groundbreaking research and her time at NYU.


Can you talk about your NYU department?


I am a PhD student at NYU's Psychology department, enrolled in the Cognition and Perception program. This is a program that researches a wide range of topics within human cognition, from vision, to memory to language.


What was your favorite memory of your time at NYU?  

It's difficult to choose just one memory, so I will share two. One of the moments that I remember the most fondly is the first time I came to NYU. I came for the open house and there was a polar vortex affecting the North East, so New York City was covered in snow and literally frozen. When I walked past Washington Square Park though and arrived at the department I got a feeling that this is where I belonged.

The second memory is the lunch time discussions that I have shared with my lab mates (now dear friends), where we would take a pause in our busy days to talk about anything from life or science, which made me feel very stimulated and supported.

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta: her story continues

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Alexander Greenberg (CAS ’03) Shares his Experiences as a CAS Alumni Mentor

Alexander Greenberg
Alexander has acted as a CAS alumni mentor for the past four years. He works in Law and Cybersecurity as Counsel in Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity, Americas, for Barclays. He shared with us his experiences as an alumni mentor and the advice he wishes he had been given when he was a student.


Can you tell us about your experience acting as an alumni mentor?

I have been a mentor to NYU students since 2017 and it has been one of the most professionally fulfilling experiences. I love the feeling of having a positive influence on students’ academic development and career journey—no matter how small. My time at NYU has set me up for success; by being a mentor, I am giving back to the NYU community.
Alexander Greenberg: his story continues

Friday, May 1, 2020

Jordyn Taylor (GSAS ’14) on Her Debut Novel “The Paper Girl of Paris”

Jordyn Taylor
Look out for Jordyn Taylor’s (GSAS ’14) debut novel, “The Paper Girl of Paris,” coming out on May 26th with Harper Collins. It is a Young Adult (YA) novel about the French Resistance in World War II. We sat down with her to find out about her inspirations, her writing process and her favorite books.

Jordyn is an adjunct professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a deputy editor at Men’s Health, where she oversees content across all online verticals and edits stories for the print magazine. Before her role at Men’s Health, she worked at Mic, first as a health reporter and then as a breaking news editor during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

What did you study at NYU?

I did a master's degree at the Journalism school. I was in Yvonne Latty's Reporting the Nation/Reporting New York program, where we learned to produce multimedia stories on a local and national level. As an undergrad at Hamilton College, I double majored in History and Theater—in other words, I started at NYU with almost zero journalism experience. That changed pretty quickly; it was the fall of 2012, and not long into my first semester, we were covering the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a presidential election, and Hurricane Sandy.


Jordyn Taylor: her story continues