Friday, August 17, 2018

Spotlight on the Class of 2018

Students admitted to NYU's College of Arts and Science hold citizenship in over 100+ countries. We caught up with an international student, a first generation student, a transfer student, and a student who studied abroad, to find out about life post-graduation and their favorite memories of their time at NYU.

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

What did you study at NYU?

During my time at NYU, I majored in Biology on the Pre-Health track. I also minored in CAMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies) and Chemistry.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

Being a College Cohort Leader for CAS during my last two years at NYU was my favorite part of the NYU experience. Not only was I able to expand into another micro-community of great CAS students and amazing staff, but I also had the privilege of working with first year students as they transitioned to life at NYU and within New York City.

Can you tell us about your experience as a first generation college student?

At first, I definitely found it a bit difficult to transition to college classes with large lectures and weekly recitation sessions. However, by working with my TAs and professors, attending office hours, and forming study groups with classmates, I was able to adjust during my first year. After that, things became much easier and I found myself eager to get more from my college experience outside of the classroom. Heading into college I didn’t realize how important internships, clubs, and even on-campus jobs were. My advice to all first generation students is to ask for help when needed and each semester push yourself to continue to add extracurricular activities in order to enhance your college experience as much as possible.

What are your plans for the fall? Can you tell us about your academic plans?

In the Fall I will be starting medical school at Stony Brook University. I hope to become a clinician working in a urban setting with a holistic approach to medicine and a concern for social determinants of health. Having interned at the Pediatric Clinic at  Bellevue Hospital as a Health Leads Advocate, I learned first-hand how social determinants and basic needs can greatly impact and effect health outcomes.

What advice do you wish you had been given when you were a student?

Two key pieces of advice I wish I had heard from the beginning of my time at NYU are to 1) try everything and talk to/learn from everyone and 2) never settle for something (whether it’s a major, minor, or career path) that you don’t have a genuine passion for. NYU is a big place, but by putting yourself out there and trying new things you’ll begin to develop micro-communities that will become your support for all that NYC throws at you - whether that be academically, socially, or culturally. Let your curiosity drive your class selections if you are unsure of your future career plans, but even if you think you know what you want to do, be sure to take any opportunity to dive into the field and see if it’s all that you imagined it would be.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself in a Pediatrics or Cardiology residency program, hopefully in the New York area.


Marina Xu (CAS ’18)

Marina Xu (CAS '18)
What did you study at NYU?

I majored in economics and minored in philosophy!

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

There are too many! I miss eating the vegetarian sandwiches from Saigon Shack in Washington Square Park with my friends. On top of that, the CAS formal was also one of my best memories at NYU. Last but not least, graduating at Yankee Stadium and seeing Justin Trudeau was one of the highlights of my time at NYU.

Can you tell us about starting the transfer student mentor program?

When I first arrived NYU, I did not think being a transfer student would be a challenge because I've already had two years of college experience. However, the transition from one college to another college was more difficult than I thought, which gave me the idea of the transfer student mentorship program. I thought it would be great if I knew a previous transfer student who shares the same major as me and could give me some advice! So when I applied for the transfer student representative position on the CAS Student Council, I told the Student Council e-board about my idea for the transfer student mentor program. Fortunately, I was able to start the program in spring '18 with help from CAS Student Council and transfer student advisors Tyrell and Rachel!

What are your plans for the fall?

I plan to visit London and Germany. I’ve visited London during junior year spring break and fell in love with the city. I look forward to visiting Tate Modern again!

Can you tell us about your current job or academic plans?

I’m currently working as an analyst at a financial technology company. I am also thinking about getting a masters degree but have not decided when.

What advice do you wish you had been given when you were a student?

Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do. Even if you are afraid, just give it a try. I was nervous about applying for the transfer student representative position on CAS Student Council, but I gave it a try anyway. I’m so glad I pushed myself to apply because it turns out to be one of the best decisions I made in college.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to see myself satisfied with what I'm doing and content about life.


Paul Wilhelm (CAS ’18)

Paul Wilhelm (CAS '18)
What did you study at NYU?

I double majored in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Business Studies.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

I think my favorite memory at NYU is when I welcomed my cohort as a College Leader for their first day at NYU. I was so happy to be able to impart some of my experience to these eager first year students. I could tell that they were nervous, but so was I! I really hope that my welcome helped them feel more at home.

What was your experience as an international student?

Being an international student at NYU is funny, because we’re such a diverse university that we never truly feel apart from the rest of the group, we’re just one unique part of the puzzle! I always tried to tell younger international students that things were a little different for us and that we were a little more restrained in our options of what to do after college, which is why we have to be careful when we chose our major. Being an international student definitely helped me feel even more proud about being at NYU even if it means things are a little different for me.

What are your plans for the fall?

I hope to have a full time job for the fall, hopefully in advertising or marketing. Having a full-time position would mean a lot of stability for me and would also represent the real start of my professional career. I’m really excited about it!

Can you tell us about your current job?


Right now, I’m interning at an advertising agency called Publicis as a Strategy Intern. I work with clients such as Citibank or HPE, which is extremely gratifying and is giving me a lot experience in the professional world. It’s a lot of work, but also so interesting! Some people don’t really understand what my job means and I love explaining it to them. Hopefully one day I’ll see a campaign I helped create on TV!

What advice do you wish you had been given when you were a student?

I wish people told me that it’s okay to freak out sometimes in college. To know that when things don’t go exactly your way, there is no reason to panic but rather understand that this is the way things are. NYU is a very active university with a lot of challenges, things are bound to become difficult and sometimes a little too difficult. In those moments, it’s important to understand that this is just what college life is, putting us through the challenge so we come out stronger on the other side. Take risks and learn to fail forward, there is no mistake you can make, only steps towards your goal.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully in five years, I will have a higher rank in the industry I already work in and become an important part of the work I’m already doing, which will hopefully help me to one day open my own business.


Angela Dauti (CAS '18)

Angela Dauti (CAS '18)
What did you study at NYU?

I was a combined Chemistry and Global Public Health major on the Pre-Med track while at NYU! It was the perfect mix of different types of courses and I even got to complete two minors, French and Psychology.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

My favorite memories from studying at NYU are mostly from Australia at the NYU Sydney campus, where I studied during Spring 2016. This was one of the best semesters of my college experience and I can't thank NYU enough for giving me the opportunity to study, travel, and have an internship in another country across the world.

What does the CAS community mean to you?

The CAS community is one that was slow to form at the start, but became one of my more reliable sources for information and support throughout my upperclassman years. I became a CAS College Leader in my senior year and thus met 44 other CL's who shared my love for mentorship, leadership, and growth within our school. The College Cohort Program was also one of my favorite things about being a CAS student! I still keep in touch with some of my cohort students even after I graduated, and plan to continue to do so.

Can you tell us about your current job?

Just before graduation came around, I was offered a job at a healthcare technology company called Flatiron Health, and I started there in June! My experience has been absolutely amazing so far and it's allowed me to stay in NYC, right around the corner from NYU in our Soho office. Couldn't be happier about that, and about expanding my knowledge of the oncology field!

What are your plans for the fall?

This fall I will be continuing to work at my job at Flatiron Health and moving into a new apartment! Hoping to also take advantage of long weekends and travel out of the city while the weather is still nice.

What advice do you wish you had been given when you were a student?

Take advantage of all opportunities that come your way!!! You'll never be in a situation where everyone is going into their first year of university again, and are incredibly lucky to be experiencing it all in NYC. There will be ups and downs, but they all contribute to YOUR story somehow!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I hope to have my Masters degree in Public Health and to be working at Flatiron or at a similar healthcare tech startup, probably in the oncology space! I would love to travel a lot for my job, and possibly be a professor at a nearby university. I also hope that in 5 years time, I will have gotten the chance to publish more academic research in the field of pediatric oncology!





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