It wasn’t until the end of Welcome Week that I realized there was more to New York than Central Park, recreating Gossip Girl pictures at the MET and finding any and every possible event to reinstate "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." NYU truly is in and of the city—the open gated campus virtually draws no restriction with the opportunities that it has to offer. At first, it feels easy to get lost in the mix but it isn’t long before you find yourself running across Washington Square Park to get to your classes without seeing at least one person you know. The pressure of finding your group of friends soon fades away with the numerous events that are purposefully designed to help create the community NYU prides itself on. Whether it’s navigating the subways or finding new parts of the city to explore every weekend, there won’t be a single day that passes you by without leaving behind a story to be told. With just a little over a month to go before my first semester ends, there isn’t any other decision I’m more proud to have made. Even from 12,530 km away, this really is my home away from home.
Kainaz Patravala (Class of '18)