Students of the Week: Worldly at NYU

The campus is the City, and the City is their world. Meet the students of New York University. This week’s #SOTW have a myriad of interests and experiences from technology to saving the world to art and media. It’s just what you would expect from the ever moving Big Apple.

amy.lu_1389293762_05Amy Lu is a Vancouverite living in New York City with a passion for all things digital, marketing, and world affairs. She’s challenging herself by taking an intensive computer science bootcamp course at CodeCore Academy while interning at the marketing division of Change Heroes.

meredithgrace_1291926608_89This English and American Literature student gets riled up about politics even though her main news source is The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and things her friends tweet about. Besides being a professional student, Meredith Grace volunteers with an anti-human trafficking organization called Not For Sale.

marcus.jones_1400533644_75Marcus Jones world revolves around helping people take their lives or their business to the next level. Media, entertainment, tech, education, and fashion are all areas of his expertise and Marcus spends his free time at any concert, conference, or screening he can find.

Dominique RobertsDisparate interests come together to define Dominique Roberts, who is currently writing her honors history thesis on the Astor Place Riots of 1849 while completing a BFA in Drama. Interestingly enough, this NYU student is a transplant from the Second City.

5 things to do in or around NYU

  1. Check out a book or do research at the Jefferson Market Library Branch. The building, previously a courthouse and a woman’s prison, enjoys a notorious past, one that includes the murder trial of architect Stanford White. Mae West was held here on obscenity charges.
  1. Visit Grey Art Gallery at NYU. Located in the university’s main building and on the site of the original nineteenth century NYU structure, the university’s fine arts museum blends scholarship with innovative exhibitions.
  1. Take your own Dylan tour. Start with Jones Street, the small street depicted on the cover of Dylan’s second studio album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
  1. Reserve a seat at a jazz performance in the richly sonorous triangular basement room of the Village Vanguard or at the famous Blue Note. Make a whole weekend out of it.
  1. See a performance at Le Poisson Rouge. In the space of the old Village Gate on Bleecker, this multi-media arts and cabaret venue hosts many innovative and experimental performances. Contemporary arts help reinvigorate the Village as well as preventing it from wallowing in its own nostalgia.