Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Rebecca Brett (GLS ’20) is the First NYU Student to Receive the Mitchell Scholarship

Rebecca BrettWhat are you studying at NYU?

I study Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Politics, Rights and Development and Social and Cultural Analysis with a focus on Gender and Sexuality studies. I spent my freshman year abroad at NYU Florence and my junior year at NYU London.

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU so far?

When I was a freshman, I had really bad imposter syndrome. I felt too dumb and too poor to keep up with my classmates. Professor Gabriela Dragnea Horvath (2019 recipient of the Liberal Studies Teaching Award for Global Site Faculty) drilled the imposter syndrome out of me with tough love. She shredded my writing to bits with encouragement to go to the NYU Florence Writing Center, and she loved to cold-call on me in class. At the end of my freshman year, after gaining some confidence and a 4.0 GPA, I met with her as I often did in her office. I shared with her that I had always been a perfectionist, and I felt as if my time at NYU was only motivating that desire for perfection even more. She responded, "Why do you think that's a bad thing? Perfection is the goal, excellence is merely tolerated." A true NYU icon. I miss her.

Rebecca Brett: her story continues