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Would I fit in well at NYU?

chaosakitachaosakita 1294 replies145 threads Senior Member
edited December 2011 in New York University
When I went to NYU this summer, I really liked the environment and thought it would be a good fit for me for many reasons: I enjoy the city, there would be a lot of things for me to do, I would be able to succeed more easily compared to schools with more selective student bodies, and I would be able to go to Gallatin.

However, there are a couple of things that I'm worried about. One is that while I can be social, I find it hard to easily make close friends, especially in a short period of time. A lot of my good friends come from seeing them over long periods of time through class and ECs. However, I keep reading that at NYU, it's really important to keep up with people in the first couple of weeks because it will be hard forming connections after then. Also, with the supposedly isolating environment, I'm afraid I'm going to be left alone and it is really easy for me to be a hermit and sit in a dorm room all day. I really don't want to miss out on the friends-making part of college, and I'm scared that's what's going to happen to me. Do you guys think this would be the case, or do you think my fears are exaggerated.
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  • geofiogeofio 234 replies25 threads Junior Member
    Relax(: I think you are just psyching yourself out with exaggerated fears. Making friends will be easy with college, especially freshman year, when there will be plenty of other nervous people entering from a different state etc with no previous friends attending. From what I've read about freshman year, there are dorm get-togethers etc, so there will be plenty of opportunities to make friends! Also your roommate(s) is a possible friend plus any classmates! I think you are just freaking yourself out. No need to exclude NYU as an option due to fear of not making friends(: I hope this helps!
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  • SDonCCSDonCC 2324 replies49 threads Senior Member
    I would put it on your list, but also apply to campus-based schools, and weigh your options come April. If you do go to NYU, be sure to get involved in some ECs there, too, so you can expand your social horizons and not feel so worried about how fast you make friends.

    NYU also offers theme floors and a residential college (Goddard) for freshmen which organize activities for those residents. You could apply for one of those housing options if you attend NYU.

    All dorms also have RAs, but it is luck of the draw as to whether you will have an RA that is active in organizing dorm activities, but a good one can do alot to facilitate activity and cohesiveness in a dorm.
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  • justspicejustspice 215 replies8 threads Junior Member
    If you are the 'shy type', I would definitely encourage you to apply for Goddard if you decide to come here. I live in Goddard right now and all the shy people have definitely come out of their shells and have made lots of friends here.
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  • chaosakitachaosakita 1294 replies145 threads Senior Member
    Goddard seems great! I will definitely check it out if I get accepted.
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  • fairy011fairy011 28 replies13 threads Junior Member
    If you want to make friends, then DON'T come to NYU. The people here are unfriendly, snooty, lame, "hipster," extremely rich, shallow, cliquey, and annoying. Most people here only have 2 or 3 close friends.
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  • hellodockshellodocks 730 replies2 threads Member
    Justspice, you're in Goddard? That's great, good for you!

    I want to argue fairy's post. It's a bit inaccurate. While it may seem like that's the case sometimes, there are SO many people who feel the exact way you do: discontent with all the people they meet who match those adjectives.

    You can find solid friends. There are so many outlets. Extracurricular clubs, people you meet in cool classes, Greeklife, everyone has something they can find. For all the unfriendly, lame, hipster, shallow, cliquey people I've met, I've met friendly, outgoing, genuine, smart people too. You have to stop being angry about what's around you and be proactive.

    What fairy described is not exclusive to NYU. It will be at every school you go to in some form or another, and if you choose to stay in the city after graduation, it will be a daily part of your life. People are simply like that, and not just in New York.
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