Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Are These Recent Alumnae Up To?

With the winter break fast approaching, we checked in with some recent graduates to see what memories they have of their time at NYU and to hear about their current jobs.


Morgan Haselden (CAS '14)


What did you study while you were at NYU? 

In high school I had an inspirational mentor and decided then that I wanted to pursue psychology. I never wavered in my choice of major at NYU but in my Sophomore year I added child and adolescent mental health studies as a minor.

Name a moment during your time as a student that stands out as being most memorable or something you did while at NYU that you are most proud of.

In my senior year I took an advanced honors seminar. It was a small class and I was able to focus on a project that I will never forget. The project ultimately created a platform that would enable independent studies with students and professors across the GNU.

Where are you currently working and can you name one aspect of your job that you enjoy most?

I work at Columbia Medical Center/The New York State Psychiatric Institute as an assistant researcher doing mental health services and policy research. It is exactly what I want to be doing. I was asked to be part of two projects that focus on services for young adults who have experienced psychosis. Right now, services for young people who have psychosis and schizophrenia is where I would like to focus my research.

Name a book that you read at NYU that you would recommend to others.

Definitely Random Family by Adrian Nicole La Blanc. Everyone should read this book. It was especially important to me as a newcomer to NYC.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In 10 years I picture myself in a postdoc position researching mental health services to help people who have suffered from mental illness, potentially focusing on psychosis. So I'll need to be working toward a PhD within three!

What is something you learned about NYC that you would share with other students who may be starting to navigate the city?

I've thought about this question a lot - NYU is a complete reflection of NYC. The city is a city of extremes and it's important to think about things that will ground you when you too get extreme. Whether it's friends, family, hobbies, etc. arm yourself with the resources to get you back to your best self.




Lauren Bart (CAS '14)


What did you study while you were at NYU? 

I went into NYU completely committed to a major in International Relations. That changed after about a month, and changed several times over my time at NYU. I eventually settled in with a Language & Mind major, and a double minor in Mandarin and Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology.

Name a moment during your time as a student that stands out as being most memorable or something you did while at NYU that you are most proud of. 

I would have to say my entire semester abroad in Shanghai. It was everything I expected from a study abroad experience, and more. I met new friends, solidified existing friendships, and learned so much about myself.

Tell us about your current job. Can you name one aspect of your job that you enjoy most?

I currently work in digital marketing at AMC Networks International. I actually interned with the Operations team during my last semester at NYU and fell in love with the company and my coworkers, so I was thrilled when they asked me back to join the marketing team. I really love the global aspect of my position, that I can be working on a project here in New York that will benefit people from Malyasia to France to Colombia.

Name a book that you read at NYU that you would recommend to others. 

I remember having to read Camus' The Stranger and The Plague for my Texts and Ideas class freshman year, and absolutely loved them both. If you don't have to read them for a class, I definitely recommend reading them anyway.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I would like to remain in the entertainment industry, though perhaps move abroad.

What is something you learned about NYC that you would share with other students who may be starting to navigate the city?

I moved to NYC from a small farm town in Illinois, so it definitely was unfamiliar to me. I would say the best thing is to not be overwhelmed, embrace everything that comes your way, and just enjoy these college years. You'll learn the subway system along the way.



Madison Myers (GLS '12)


What did you study while you were at NYU? 

I was one of a handful of students in the first year at Global Liberal Studies (GLS) where I concentrated on global philosophy, politics, languages and cultures. I specialized in both political science and French.

Name a moment during your time as a student that stands out as being most memorable or something you did while at NYU that you are most proud of. 

 I have so many fantastic memories at NYU. I would say researching for my senior-year thesis was most exciting. I was able to live in Paris and travel Europe for my dissertation on Roma Integration in France. My dissertation supervisor was also head of a political science think tank in Paris where she focused on the Middle Eastern Region. The year I researched in Paris and worked with my supervisor was the same year of the Arab Spring so I was able to see and learn a lot through her and my ethnographic research.

Tell us about your current job. Can you name one aspect of your job that you enjoy most?

I recently graduated from my master's degree in South Asian politics and I am currently working as a journalist interviewing scholars on contemporary South Asia. I love picking people's minds and understanding alternatives to an accepted story. I also love gaining research experience as I aim to start a PhD in the near future.

Name a book that you read at NYU that you would recommend to others.

I was required to read Mark Epstein's Thoughts Without A Thinker for a sophomore seminar with Prof. Joseph Thometz. We discussed this book in relation to Jacques Lacan's Mirror Stage and I remember it completely changing how I approached thinking and learning. I highly recommend it to others.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will have finished my PhD and be working in the Foreign Service/State Department. 

What is something you learned about NYC that you would share with other students who may be starting to navigate the city?

New York is such a wonderful and open place. Take the time to truly explore everything it has to offer, both people and places. There are so many small, hidden restaurants, cafes and libraries full of so many interesting people--there is no excuse to ever be bored! After living all across the world I now realize there is no place that compares.

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