Abe Lewis

A self-professed introvert who shies away from talking about himself, Abe Lewis, 22, is a man of few words and simple tastes, choosing to spend his time among video games, TV, movies and books. Growing up in a family of medical professionals in Waltham, Massachusetts, Lewis is a certified basic emergency medical technician; though, he confesses to having mostly theoretical knowledge and little experience. However, upon college, he decided to major in computer science and journalism, having settled upon the latter in junior year. Unlike most of his peers who already know what they want to do, he has not give much thought to life beyond graduation. Ask him further and he will tell you vaguely that everything is still “hand-wavy” and up in the air. But without doubt, he knows where his interests lie: writing, science fiction and coding. Read more. 

 

Annie Park

When Annie Park, 20, decided to go to New York University, she thought she had her future all figured out: she’d study journalism, live in the city for the rest of her life, and work at a magazine. Now, two years into college, she’s studying an eclectic mix of Spanish, journalism and child psychology. She has no idea where she’ll end up after school and she’s more interested in becoming a pediatrician or child psychologist than a journalist. Luckily, she doesn’t graduate until May 2014 so she still has some time to decide. Read more.

 

Carrie Courogen

Though having to endure a series of bizarre circumstances and university bureaucracy, all while exhibiting a lot of perseverance, Carrie Courogen, 21 has finally ended up in her dream city and at her dream school. Formally a film major in Philadelphia at Temple University, now a double major in Journalism and Politics at New York University, Courogen embodies the diverse, Generation Y woman. Read more.

 

Dania Duran

A lover of Junot Diaz, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the Baroque era, Dania Duran is powering through her senior year at New York University with the elusive end-goal of paid post-grad employment. The Oceanside, Long Island native majors in journalism and music, but happily mentions her abandoned minor in Creative Writing, and smiles behind her thick Ray-Ban glasses at the thought of her favorite book (Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”). Read more.

 

Ivana Rodrigues

Mostly college-bound girls come to New York City to find themselves, Ivana Rodrigues came to find a group and she did with New York University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. As president of her sorority, Ivana Rodrigues, 20, has found a second family. She often stays up until dawn working for her sorority sisters. She powers through her days from the strength of chai lattes, twenty-minute naps, and most of all, her sorority sisters. A small town girl in the big city, Rodrigues, chose NYU for college because it was only two hours from her home in Naugatuck, Connecticut. Read more.

 

Ivie Ani

Ivie Ani’s family were all born in Nigeria, except for her, but she carries the heritage in her name: Ivie means ‘jewel’ good in the Edo language. A senior at N.Y.U. double majoring in Journalism and Africana Studies, Ivie has spent her entire life in New York City and lives in Yonkers with her mother and two older sisters, who immigrated here more than 25 years ago. Ivie splits all her time between classes and a job, finding respite only on the long commutes to and from Manhattan. Read more.

 

James Legris

The first thing that sticks out about James are the bracelets on his wrist. The two bands–one from Bonnaroo, one from Floyd Fest–display his love for music festivals, each one his ticket into one of these adventures. Read more.

 

Jane Gayduk

The first thing you can say about Jane is that’s not her name. Born Yevgeniya Gayduk, the 21 year old says she uses the name Jane, not only for ease in the classroom, but as the by-line for her journalistic endeavors. This senior, majoring in psychology and journalism with a minor in creative writing, would like to keep the two spheres of writing, fiction and non-fiction, separate, not having the opinions of her peers in one influencing the other. Read more.

 

Mackenzie Gavel

After enduring severe bullying through middle and high school, Long Island native Mackenzie Gavel, 20, is doing everything she can to help kids cope with the stress of it all.  Her blog, “Belittle the Bullies” is aimed at teaching kids that character outweighs popularity any day, and that as long as you stay true to who you are as a person, you’ve already achieved something pretty special. Read more.

 

Margaret Cohn

As the fall semester of her senior year at New York University begins, Margaret Cohn is spending her time balancing classes, an internship, a job, and friends. She took an eventful road to get from her childhood in Miami, Florida to her senior year as a double major in Journalism and Art History. Luckily, she had her family to help navigate along the way, including her parents and her 26-year-old brother, John. Read more.

 

Marie Southard

If NYU student Marie Southard ever writes an autobiography the title will be, “Wandering Through the Grays and Blues.” Southard has spent her life in a seemingly constant state of flux, as a child moving back and forth between New Jersey and Colombia. She experienced two entirely different cultures, and, slowly, she shapes her own identity through the interaction of her two worlds. Read more.

 

Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer has a broad definition of celebrity.  Adopting a Don LaFontaine move trailer voice, he says he recognizes “the guy who served the sandwich in this movie!”  It’s how he’s confident his passion is in film–and his explanation for the million celebrities that exist in his life.  He consumes it.  He devours it. Read more.

 

Natalie Adeeyo

Natalie Adeeyo, a 21-year-old New York University student, is looking forward to the next step in her journey toward the mark she wants to leave on the world: helping people who cannot help themselves. And one thing is certain: this independent girl isn’t looking for anyone’s help to get there. Read more.

 

Nicole Gartside

Off the bat, Nicole Gartside will warn you that she is a “talker.” Her bubbly and infectious personality, however, will simply show you she is just as much a “laugher” and a “smiler.” From Evergreen, Colorado, a small town of only 9,000 residents, Gartside graduated high school with a class of 200 students. New York, as she still describes it, is undoubtedly overwhelming. Read more.

 

Nitasha Maindiratta

The first thing one sees when looking at Nitasha Maindiratta, 19, is her infectious and glowing smile. Fitting, as her friends would describe her right away as “giggly”. Originally from upstate New York, Nitasha considers New York City her home as her parents just put her childhood Long Island home on the market. Read more.

 

Paula Ya-Jen Ho

Paula kicks off her flip flops as she sits down on the bench in Washington Square Park and curls up in her yoga pants and T-shirt like it’s her couch at home. She laughs contagiously as she continuously pushes her long black hair back from her face or tucks it behind her ear. Read more.

 

Phoebe Rowe

Phoebe Rowe, 21, left the small town life to pursue her big city dream in sports media at New York University. Her transition from Wilmington, Del. to New York City included a lot more noise and a lot more responsibility. Read more.

 

Rachel Park

When Rachel Park, 20, first watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she became obsessed with the classy Audrey Hepburn, enchanted by the glamorous New York City lifestyle, and dazzled by romance. When this Philadelphia-raised girl began researching colleges, she found the place of her dreams: New York University. Read more.

 

Ryan James Hughes

ome what may. That’s the attitude Ryan James Hughes carries as he speeds through college and readies himself to enter the career world. Hughes, a 20-year old New York University journalism student, plans to graduate a year early and start working full time in the city.  Read more.

 

Sabrina Treitz

Sabrina Treitz, 20, is calm at ease perched in a coveted window seat at caffeine-craver’s hotspot La Colombe. Staking out space, she’s laid an array of items on the low-standing table before her: a legal pad, an uncapped pen, and her iPhone. Read more.

 

Samantha Rullo

Samantha Rullo, 20, speaks rapidly with more than a little hint of a North Jersey accent. So quickly, it’s almost as if her mouth has trouble keeping up with her brain. It’s a feature she regularly apologizes for, the slightest crack of shyness and hesitation to be the center of attention in her confident shell. Read more.