Tips for Incoming Freshmen from Advisors at Tisch
April 30, 2019

The following interview was conducted by Tisch Center student worker, Haley Park.

Amanda Cordero –

  1. Explore NYU. Check out all of the buildings to get a better understanding of your campus and where all of your classes will be. While you’re at it, explore all of NYC- not only Manhattan- make sure you see all of the boroughs. 
  2. Get involved! Use your first semester to explore your options for involvement such as joining a club, participating in events at your residential hall, volunteering, or something else that interests you. Plus, it is a great way to meet friends.
  3. Use your resources. You’ll find everything you need to succeed at NYU, but you need to go out and take advantage of those things like the Writing Center, The Academic Resource Center, The Health Center, along with many others.
  4. Learn your academic curriculum. Take ownership over your academic plan by familiarizing yourself with the program and academic department.

Ellen Lie –

  1. Explore and Plug In. Freshman year is an exciting time to explore (the city, the school, your interests) and to find a community (class, clubs, etc.). Take advantage of welcome week to explore some of these opportunities!
  2. Find a Routine. The transition from high school to college can be really exciting, but also really overwhelming. Finding a good routine can help you settle in, whether that’s going to the gym, finding your favorite coffee shop or joining a study group.
  3. Use the Resources. NYU works really hard to provide its students the best resources, whether its for academic support (university learning center), social activities (discount tickets, clubs, etc.), physical fitness (campus gyms), spiritual support (Global Spiritual Life Center), or mental health (wellness exchange), so don’t be shy about using them. You’ve already paid for it!

Claudie Deshommes –

  1. Get to know your professors. College is as much about networking as it is about sitting in class. Our professors bring a wealth of industry experience to the classroom and you should capitalize on that.
  2. Be confident, get out of your comfort zone and try new things. College is the greatest opportunity you’ll ever have for personal development.
  3. Connect with Wasserman our career center. Your career advisor will be an invaluable resource in the years to come.

Stephanie Bravo –

  1. Get organized. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all of your homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments — often for the entire semester — and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, use an app, or get a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.
  2. Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction.
  3. Take advantage of the study resources on campus. NYU has numerous study resources for students.  The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers one-on-one tutoring, small study groups other tools to help you achieve your goals.