Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spotlight on the Class of 2017


We caught up with recent alumni who are starting careers in medicine and public policy.

John Messinger (CAS '17)

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Neural Science and was also on the pre-medical track, granting me a minor in Chemistry.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

My favorite memory from NYU was all of the time I spent with the wrestling team. From October to Mid-March each year I would travel all over the country each weekend to compete. Wrestling was one of the most challenging parts of my NYU career, especially when balanced with academics. However, because of how demanding the sport was, it was also extremely rewarding. My closest and dearest friends are all from the wrestling team. I was able to achieve some amazing feats such as competing in 150 matches and winning 115, qualifying for nationals twice, and earning Academic All-American honors three times during my career. Most importantly, wrestling gave me the discipline and focus to accomplish everything I have in my four years. I truly do not know where I would be without having wrestling as my center piece.

What are your current plans?

Right now I am finishing up the project I completed as a part of my senior honors thesis in the Glimcher Lab in the Center for Neural Science. This project works with recovering opioid-addicted individuals in Bellevue Hospital's Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program to study the effects of drug craving on their decision making abilities. The hope is to eventually publish this work in a peer-reviewed journal.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Travel Tips From Serena Guen (LS '13) Founder and CEO of SUITCASE Magazine and Co-Founder of the #CookForSyria Movement

What did you study at NYU?

Liberal Arts, with two years abroad in Paris.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at NYU?

Graduating from the Yankees stadium was pretty cool. Also seeing a purple Empire State Building. Made me feel very proud!

How has your educational experience at NYU shaped what you do now?

NYU has an enormous community and alumni network, all of which offer so much opportunity for their students, from reaching out for internships to alumni lectures, I felt that the world was opening up to me. Coming from an English school education, NYU offered me a more diverse alternative where I could study lots of subjects of interest and keep my options open, without narrowing my outlook too early.

However, without a doubt the most important opportunity NYU granted me was the chance to live in cities spanning the globe. It was in Paris that I began to consolidate a word document ‘city guide’ I shared with my friends and they shared with theirs. I did the same in New York to an equally receptive audience. It was in doing this that I discovered a demand for authentic travel curated by locals.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CBS Sunday Morning Producer Amy Wall (GSAS ’94) on Her Passion for Telling Stories

Amy Wall (GSAS ’94) is a producer for CBS Sunday Morning.  She has done stories on a wide range of subjects such as the Carnegie Hero Awards, The Women’s March, government funding for art organizations, and profiles on every day people, such as the story about a man who takes care of the horse Waco Hanover, a retired harness racer.  She recently shared with us how NYU helped to shape her journalistic career, and how Czech puppet-maker and filmmaker Jiri Trnka inspired her to go into journalism.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at NYU?

I studied English and American literature at NYU.  I was a part-time graduate student so I didn’t spend a huge amount of time on campus.  I was working at CBS News full-time so it’s always been about work for me.  I had an early morning shift at CBS back then working in the affiliate video newsgathering and distribution department called Newspath. When I ended my work day, I started my student day.  Night classes were brutal.  I still feel bad for my linguistics professor.  That was my latest class and I had a very hard time keeping my eyes open.  The class was great – it wasn’t his fault!  But I will say…I absolutely loved the NYU library.  I spent a lot of time there.  I remember riding home on the subway with books piled high on my lap.  I must have been quite a sight, but I also remember feeling so proud to finally be an NYU student.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tausha Cowan (CAS ’07) on her Travel Blog The Globe Getter and How to Balance Seeing the World with a Full-Time Job


Tausha in front of El Castillo at Chichen Itza in Mexico
We caught up with blogger and travel expert Tausha Cowan (CAS ’07) to find out her tips for planning vacations, booking summer travel, and balancing globetrotting adventures with a full-time job. She works in the Travel & Lifestyle Services department at American Express and has visited more than two dozen countries since she graduated from NYU.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Journalism and had minors in French and Africana Studies. I particularly enjoyed my Journalism classes because of my natural curiosity; it’s my inclination to ask questions. I also participated in the CAS Presidential Scholars program, which was a great experience. When I found out about the program, during a prospective student campus visit, I knew that NYU was where I wanted to go.

Some of my fondest memories of NYU are from the CAS Presidential Scholars trips and my study abroad experiences. I traveled to Florence my freshman year and to Prague my sophomore year. I also studied abroad in Paris for a summer and spent a semester in Ghana. I think very highly of the Scholars program, and I am still friends with several of my former classmates. I was also very involved in extracurriculars at NYU, especially the Academic Achievement Program (AAP).