Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Photographer and Former MTV News Reporter Tabitha Soren Lewis (WSUC ’89)

Photo Credit: Lou Noble
Many of our alumni remember Tabitha Soren Lewis as a reporter on MTV throughout the 1990s. She was the recipient of the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. She has since become a professional photographer, and in 2017 she published “Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream,” a book of her photos documenting 21 baseball players selected for the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class. We recently caught up with Tabitha who shared her memories of NYU, MTV, and the inspirations behind her photographs.

What’s your favorite memory of NYU?

In my freshman year I was working at Washington Square News on the top floor of the Loeb Student Center and I remember looking down the hall at the students working at the NYU radio station and thinking that they were having more fun. They were wearing leather jackets and had punk rock hair, and Michael Stipe and members of the Sex Pistols were coming in and out of the elevator. I knew that I wanted to be a reporter very early. I worked for the newspaper my freshman year, then I started reading the news for the radio station. I also edited the WNYU magazine.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Criminal Defense Attorney, on Why He Mentors NYU Students

Vinoo Varghese pictured with CAS students
Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96) of Varghese & Associates, P.C., has hired a number of NYU students over the years, to battle prosecutors. From left to right: Charles Calkins (CAS ’18), Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Katie Lanphere (CAS ’18), and Shirley Foo (CAS ’18)
Vinoo Varghese frequently appears as a legal expert on CNN, CBS News, and Fox Business News, among other television networks. He has been rated as a New York Metro Super Lawyer and a Martindale AV Preeminent attorney in the white collar criminal defense arena for the past several years. Since 2014, he has acted as an alumni mentor to NYU College of Arts and Science students. We caught up with Vinoo at the Varghese & Associates, P.C. offices to find out his advice for the Class of 2018.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Philosophy and studied Religion while I attended NYU. I’d competed in Speech and Debate in elementary school and high school, and during my first year at NYU. During my junior and senior years, I had a great experience acting as a Resident Assistant (R.A.) in Goddard, and I was a Conference Assistant for two summers. I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, so I was a local.

During my sophomore year, I became the President of the NYU South Asian Students Association aka Shruti, which was very active on campus. I also started a successful petition to have Hindi added to the curriculum, and in my senior year I got to take the first Hindi class offered at NYU.

Monday, April 16, 2018

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

Florby Dorme
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
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

Stephanie Samedi

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.