Monday, April 16, 2018

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


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. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jesse Vaughan (LS ’09, CAS ’11), 30 Under 30 Education 2018 Honoree and Co-founder of Landed

Jesse Vaughan is a co-founder of Landed, a startup that helps educators become homeowners near the communities they serve. He shared his experiences as an NYU student and his advice for alumni looking to create their own startup businesses.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Economics and minored in Politics and Business. If I were to go back in time, I would have taken more more courses, particularly in life sciences and/or Computer Science. Most of all, I miss the greenfield feeling of studying as an undergrad. After I left school, I realized how much of a privilege the experience of university is. 

What's your favorite memory of NYU?

No singular moment stands out in my NYU memory, however, collectively, the experiences studying in Prague stand out among my most cherished memories. I really made some great friends there and the feeling of being a part of a small community that was different and special, in an unfamiliar sea of language and culture, helped me define a personal identify.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Stephanie Samedi (CAS ’17) on her DURI Project and How It Shaped Her Career Goals



What did you study at NYU?

My major was Social & Cultural Analysis. I focused on American Studies and Africana Studies through examining history and current events. In the SCA program, we studied sociological theories, and I conducted a lot of research in my four years. My degree in Social and Cultural Analysis equipped me to utilize interdisciplinary scholarship to focus on issues of social justice.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

I have a lot of favorite memories! I would have to say that my experience studying in Florence for a semester is my number one. I had a seamless academic experience, in terms of my credits and requirements. It was a great opportunity to experience the language and the culture, and learn about the history of the Tuscany region. I was a research intern at La Pietra Dialogues at NYU Florence and examined immigration policies in the European Union. I interviewed experts in the field, such as members of the United Nations, and wrote blog posts. I was able to transfer the skill sets I had developed in New York to my work in Florence.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Entrepreneur Alexandra Szakats (CAS ’12) on the Importance of Learning to Think

Photo Credit: Jason Smith
We caught up with Alexandra, co-founder of trüFORMAT, a brain and body training company. She shared what it is like to be an entrepreneur, her early job experiences, and what motivates and inspires her.

What did you study at NYU?

I graduated with a degree in Metropolitan Studies and German. I didn’t declare until midway through my Sophomore year; there were plenty of interesting classes and coursework available, but, at eighteen, I was puzzled at the idea of having to pick a major that would guarantee a career. Instead, I chose based on my interest in the content and a confidence that it would teach me how to think. Cities are complex. My classes taught me to break down big subjects, understand the parts in relation to the whole, and reimagine their configuration. I’ve used this thinking in every (non-city related) job since graduation.

What was your first job after graduation?

My first job started before graduation on the Equities trading floor at Barclays Investment Bank. The summer before senior year, I was interning at a bank across the street. I met up with a friend who was completing his internship at Barclays, and he insisted I meet with his boss. I earned a job with her to help design strategies that generate and source new revenue streams for US equity products globally. With time, I led the equity education program designed to highlight the team’s thought leadership. I had the opportunity to travel all around the US and Asia.