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Welcome to NYU

Jessie Gretener

THE yellow taxi pulls to a halt, I jump out full of excitement. The clouds parted, a golden light spotlights down on the most three important letters in the alphabet - NYU.

Okay, Okay the clouds may not have parted and no there wasn't a golden light, but in my head it sure seemed like it, because I was at the New York University.

I spent hours and hours on their website, deciding which classes I would take and even which residential halls I would live in.

Even more hours were spent day dreaming about the day that I would be able to go. Who knows maybe I will, but that $43,200 attendance fee per year burns a whole straight through my wallet and is definitely not to kind with making this happen.

But I was there, I was standing right in the middle of NYU! 

Located in Manhattan, New York surrounding Washington Square Park lays the main NYU campus.

With campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, NYU gives opportunities for people to attend from every corner of the world.

Each of the cities stays on the same curriculum, but each offering completely unique living and learning experiences.

Being a highly recognised international school, the NYU New York campus plays host to students from over 90 different countries, speaking over 70 different languages. This aspect of diversity, travel and international uniqueness brings my dreams and aspirations to NYU quicker than a dog chasing a ball.

Not only is there an extensive list of Courses available but also over 400 clubs open for any student to get involved. Of course there is the Debating Club, Study Clubs and probably any club you can imagine.

There are the sporting clubs - Lacrosse, Baseball, so on and my favourite - Quiditch! But what is not expected is clubs like the Chicken and Rice Club - where they go around Manhattan tasting and deciding where to get the best "Street Meat" and yes NYU gives them money to do that. So whether it is Disney Princesses or Heavy Metal you will surely find a club for you, if not there is always the chance to open up a new club.

Course, Clubs - already so busy. Events offered by the University and Students keep the calendar packed. Talent shows like the one Lady Gaga entered when she went to this University (she came second by the way) are offered all around campus to keep yourself busy.

You also happen to be a quick cab ride away from Times Square, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and a million other places it is impossible to get bored. After all it is the city that never sleeps - you have a million options all around the clock.

Catch a game at Yankee Stadium, or a number one Musical on Broadway, go out to dinner in Tribeca or ferry through the Hudson River.

Now time to sleep - I am walking like a zombie just thinking about a crazy life like that Of course the University offers you a place at the residential halls. An extra $16,000, so Mr lotto please start being very kind to me. An option 95% of the student vouches for. NYU guarantees to get you a place in one of the halls, if not straight away they will put you in a hotel at their expense until you do, an option I really wouldn't mind. The rooms are shared with an average of two people and the people of your floor become like a family.

"There's nowhere any the world I would rather be,
Every one put your hands in there air,
Say yeahh yeahhh!
Hear it for New York,
Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of,
There's nothing you can't do now you're in New York"
- Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind"

Summed up in a few lines from a song - New York University. The place where my dreams are made of, the place that nowhere in the world I would rather be.

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