Apr 1, 2007, 2:46 AM
Post #45 of 107
I don't have many positive feelings towards NYU, as I went there undergrad for Psychology and Comparative Lit, and in neither major did I get much personal attention from advisors or faculty. In some cases, my experiences were horrendous, a sentiment shared by many undergrads in both fields.
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The most impressive faculty members generally seem not-so-accessible. This may be different for the MFA programs, and even if the hotshots aren't accessible, there's always room for connections to be made through faculty. You'll be in one of the world's centers for publishing, with a bevy of agents, writers, professors who will be willing to work with you to develop your craft outside of the classroom.
I run a writer's group for poets now. I'm sure I'm not the only one. But to find these things, you have to seek them out. Nobody in this city will find you unless you make a considerable effort to be found.
I grew up in Queens, Long Island and Puerto Rico. I've lived in the city for 7 consecutive years now. My job has me traveling around Queens and the Bronx. I have a good grasp of what the city can offer, and I haven't seen half of it. There will always be something to keep you busy. It's part of the charm and at times, it can be oppressive, this tyranny of choice. But I love it here, though I am going to Tucson (UofA) in 2007 for poetry; I will miss New York. I know I will. But I also know a change, after 7 years, is in order.
It's an excellent place to live for two years. There is a magic to it. NYU might not provide the most intimate setting (the undergrad, grad population is just huge) but the city itself is worth coming for, regardless of the reason.
A reason to come is enough. Length of stay is a matter of preference. My cousin, from Nashville, comes for two weeks at a time to shop. That's it. Evaluate why you want to come here, what you think the so-called capital of the world can offer you. I've never had to move TO the city, though I noticed many people come for the city's mystique and spend years (decades) coming to terms with what life is actually like here.
As for housing, I highly suggest living in Queens. It's cheaper than Brooklyn or Manhattan. The commute is not as bad as people will have you think. One major downside: Your friends will scoff at the borough and might not want to visit you as much, but if you're in Astoria / Long Island City, you'll have mates (and you'll meet them at the Bohemian Beer Garden, other spots in the area) who share this experience. They will become your buddies. However, many of your friends might live in Brooklyn, so going out will mean up to an hour's commute (or more) to their house party or preferred bar / nightclub.
The city has everything, but after a while, you might begin to wonder, "Do I really need everything?" I found the answer to be No, which is why I'm looking forward to Tucson...