Rising Senior at New York University
1. Why did you decide to join SWAG to College?
I decided to join because I think it’s important to have someone to relate to and I can relate to people who struggle with adversity, whether it be a learning or hidden disability.
2. What is one cool/fun/interesting fact about you?
I played Little League for three years.
3. If you have chosen your major, what advice would you give to those unsure of what to study?
Don’t let someone talk you into studying something you’re not passionate about. Pick something you love to do because at the end of the day, your decisions impact you and only you.
4. Who encouraged you to pursue a higher education?
I pushed myself because, for me, college was the only option to improve myself and achieve what I want in life.
5. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone in high school who is in the college application process?
Take it day by day. It can be overwhelming, but taking it day by day helps the process seem like less of a monster and more will get done.
6. What’s one thing that has been easier or different about college life compared to high school life?
In college, there is much more freedom, whether it’s financially or from your parents.
7. What’s the most interesting thing you packed to take with you to college?
I once packed actual glass plates and cups that I used rarely, more rarely than I thought I would.
8. How did you make the choice to attend the college/university you chose?
At first I decided to be close to home, but then I realized I needed to be in a place that I love where I can be challenged, so I chose NYU.
9. Explain at least two goals you have set for yourself in life (it can be anything!) and how you plan to achieve these goals.
Two goals I have are achieving a master’s and doctorate degree and being happy with what I do. I changed my major to psychology and will be pursuing that because I love it much more than I did biology. For the degrees, I will be taking a gap year after 2018 to work before applying to graduate schools.
10. What is one piece of advice you'd give to parents with a child who is in the college application process?
Be as supportive of your children as possible. Kids have a rough time as is going through this big a process/life change, parents can act as a buffer to that level of stress if they help support their children.
11. What’s the one example you hope to set for younger family members or others?
I hope to show to my younger family members that it is important not only to make the best of what you’re given, but to give back to people in the community who are less fortunate as well.