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First Gen College Student

supfreshsupfresh Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Transfer Students
Not sure if this is the right forums to post in? If not, hopefully a mod can move it.

Anyways, I have come to ask a sort of troubling question that I have been having as it pertains to my life and hope to not make this a really confusing /unclear story. It seems that at my age right now (19) I have realized that I have a totally different life than anyone I knew of in high school. I went to a sort of "upper" class public high school where from freshmen year all the way to senior year it was hell, all the way through it. I come from a family that is really impoverished and I will be the first generation of my family that will go to college. I have a very clear goal of where I want to go in my life and what I want to do, I just don’t understand what opportunities I have or where to look for them regarding the institution I want to go to.

HS was horrific grade wise, just because of family issues, and senior year all the way through my now second year of community college I have been helping to pay rent and a bunch of other exorbitant activities (paying rent, and bills) pretty much helping my family out. I really have been collecting a large toll on me and it carries over into my study time/ethics. I have a goal to get into NYU. I have a 3.4 in a CC, and I heard that isn’t really the best looking gpa, but it’s not like school is not my main focus, I just have a lot on my plate in my life right now, and with that I bust my ass hard in school.

So alongside with that, how does the application process work in NYU, is there a way to notify them or set up an interview so I can discuss what I have been through or what options they have for young adults that come from difficult backgrounds , because I believe there is more to me besides my gpa.

This may seem like a **** thread, I just really feel kind of weird posting on a forum, so I have not gone into more details in my current life, work and friends, and writing my "true feelings" it all just feels kind of awkward heh, but any and all help is really beneficial to me

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Replies to: First Gen College Student

  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    You may want to post this in the forum for transfer students.

    Just a general reaction: NYU is extremely expensive and the financial aid is not especially generous. You will find many of the students similar to those in your affluent high school attending. For that reason alone, this may not work for you. You may want to look into this in more detail before spending your time to apply. That said, it is usually possible to set up an interview with the person in admissions who is responsible for transfer applicants to talk about your situation so you should contact the school and see if that's possible. The application itself also allows you to describe your situation so you can be evaluated in context.

    That said, there are many excellent schools out there, starting with your state U, that accept CC students with solid GPAs like yours, that will cost a fraction of the price. More importantly, there will be many students like you there, who have shouldered adult burdens for their families from an early age, with whom you can connect and form relationships.
  • supfreshsupfresh Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    thanks for input. Ya I have been told by some of my business professors to go the route that is the least expensive but will give you the highest return for your education. I Believe I could save a lot of money if I went to University of Michigan, and its pretty renown school, I just had had hopes of going to NYU because to me it seems like a better public Ivy, Its also in NYC, which to me correlates tons of internships and work experience to snatch up. I would actually be pretty upset if I ended up in UoM, I cant stand to think of having the "classical" college route, maybe because I am so independent or something. I dont want to party, I dont care for "campus life" I just want to go ahead and learn, and to sponge up everything that is important, provided that your professors are top quality and keep moving forward.

    But then again, if there are no programs, or anything that can deduct a huge sum off my tuition for nyu, then UoM might be the 2nd best option
  • Crimsonstained7Crimsonstained7 Registered User Posts: 1,300 Senior Member
    NYU isn't public. You can find whatever you want at UofM, it's huge! If you want to learn the whole time, you can find people like that. I don't think you really have that much of a chance at NYU for undergrad. Maybe get your undergrad at UofM and then try going to NYU for grad school?
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,972 Senior Member
    Well, it's not a public Ivy- it's a private U. You have to understand they need to know kids can hack their level of academic challenges- and one way is through the grades you did achieve, despite what was going on. Also, imo, I believe that, though your abilty to adapt to their environment (NYC) is important, your desire to take advantage of what NYC offers isn't as significant to adcoms as what you know about NYU, what it offers and how well you match its opportunities. And, despite the freedoms offered by NYC, nothing automatically makes NYU some sort of free form, non-tradtional school.

    If your grades in your major area are your best, sometimes you can reevaluate your gpa. But, what you really need to do, for any school you seriously consider, is dig through their web sites and other info to learn what the school is really about, learn what you can really get excited about, at that college, that makes it a right fit. Sorry about your challenges.
  • nyctemponyctempo Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    I really don't think NYU is better than Michigan academically.. if anything, the opposite is true, unless you get into Stern. The work experience bit is true but I really don't think the extra tens of thousands of dollars (assuming you don't get a lot of aid) is worth it..
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    I Believe I could save a lot of money if I went to University of Michigan

    So, by this I assume you're a MI resident? Since OOS COA for Michigan is about 50k/yr, less than NYU, but still high.
  • supfreshsupfresh Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    ya I am a Michigan resident, with that being said, I have had some of my teachers experience an emotion of shock to me saying that I want to go to NYU, and them saying UoM is as good if not better, but we have to look at what is better where? NYU has the #1 philosophy department, and on the other hand Ross School of Business is really good as well.

    The 180 of that is, getting a master’s degree. I heard that your undergrad doesn’t matter, even what you study as long as you can pull a really nice looking gpa, and get good grades on the GMAT, or LSAT to get into a nice grad school (with work experience obviously)

    I heard that CAS economics, and philosophy are top 10 in the country, not so sure about where Michigan’s is, I also heard Michigan academia is taught more from the theoretical side.

    thanks for the responses btw guys, really no one to talk to about this stuff (CC counselors are a joke)
  • hellojanhellojan Registered User Posts: 1,632 Senior Member
    Undergrad major does matter in more cases than it doesn't. And, in a lot of cases, your major might give you a nice edge when applying to business school or law school, etc.

    Law schools don't usually care what your undergraduate work. But, they tend to love getting high-achieving STEM people. Business schools are leaning STEM these days, too.
  • supfreshsupfresh Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    The question is which major, and why. I find it hilarious to go for a business degree as an undergraduate. Why you may ask? what do you learn from it, what do you learn from a business degree? a mix of different fields? that does not sound like I would want someone who dipped their feet in different fields without really engaging into it.

    We can look at the degree in economics, economics is pretty much brings principal tools of analysis into the business world, all though its not the key deciding factor in any business it quite a good back bone. It is a real a field, one that you cannot learn in the 4 years at school, but one in which you can learn a lot in those years that you do study it.

    I keep having a battle between what would a business want or in this case what would a MBA school be looking for in their applicants, someone who came from a linear path that has "smarts" or one that can combine pieces of the puzzle and not just be trained through order of operations you know what I am saying? Any IB banks can train anyone who is smart how to use excel...so why do people keep persisting on going into finance or business degrees.

    and I can vouch for STEM people, I have heard of many cases of the STEM fields getting jobs at business enterprises.
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