By early this morning, the last day of my Contagion seminar at NYUAD, fully half the class had emailed me saying they’d come down with something. Fitting, I thought. Then, not too long after our discussion started, the missing students all staggered through the door in zombie makeup: hollow eyes, bleeding noses. Best last day of class ever.

Kim Gordon! 

Kim Gordon is the bassist for alternative rock band Sonic Youth, but also a singer, visual artist, and fashion designer. In the late 1980s, she served as a frontrunner for women in no wave and experimental music and art and demonstrated the power and worth of women in these areas. In addition, she influenced many great female musicians later, such as Courtney Love and Kathleen Hanna, and the director Sofia Coppola. 

To read:

TGA Magazine

Rolling Stone

RookieMag (run by Tavi Gevinson, featured earlier!)

& check out Sonic Youth.


-Emily <3 <3

The Uncomfortable Nature Of NYU Abu Dhabi
This dude graduated from NYU and worked at NYU Abu Dhabi for a year. His post here is very general, but nevertheless important as a testimony from the inside. I really despise how he repeatedly says that he’s not trying to dis those working there and how he still “hopes much” of this abusive project. 
This university is clearly a failure when it functions under heavy censorship and with professors getting shit loads of money to teach for very short time and leave. These students cannot learn much from their ‘western’ professors who are not interested in the mission of educating and conversing with them. Those highly-paid professors are certainly responsible too for the plight of migrant workers building their new campus and for whitewashing UAE’s oppression and violations of freedom of speech. 
All these outsourced American universities in the Gulf (and other places) are nothing but corporations. Qatar and the UAE are heavily invested in getting as many of them as possible to prevent their financially-capable citizens from studying abroad and possibly becoming political. They want everything to function under their control.

I’m sorry for going MIA, but I had my NYUAD candidate weekend and it was just so much more than I expected. I got to know the most incredible individuals I’ve ever met in my life and every single person was literally from opposite spectrums of the globe.

If the tour of the campus and talking to the faculty wasn’t enough to convince me, they flew in freaking GORDON BROWN to give us a speech and have dinner with us!

After a year of a lot of disappointments, I’m so happy that my interview went so well and I really really hope I get in. 

fear-vs-fate  asked:

So NYU Abu Dhabi? That is so cool, first of all. :) I'm thinking about applying this fall, where did you live before and what kind of things did you do in high school? What do you think they look for in prospective students? I lived in Saudi for a while before moving to Idaho, and this is really intriguing! Thanks!

haha thank you :3 it’s no problem at all, i’m happy to answer any questions you’ve got.

i was born & raised in the OC, where i went to a really nerdy magnet high school.  This school kinda forced us to take the hardest AP classes (passing 5 of them was required for graduation) – overall, i took 9 & got 5’s on most of them.  Occasionally, i tutored underclassmen for extra pocket cash. ^-^“ I was only involved in 1 club, which was formed to teach members how to use Adobe Photoshop / Google Sketch-up / etc., & i had been an officer for the last 3 years of high school.  I had taught myself how to use Photoshop in middle school & was volunteering to design promotional stuff for underground bands / DJs / music production labels / models in the local Southern California scene.  In return for free concert tickets. :P

i wasn’t involved in school sports’ teams because martial arts was my one true love. (; My parents enrolled me in Aikido at the age of 4, then I chose to additionally join Bujinkan when i was 9, Shintou-Musou at 11, & Tenshin Shin'yo at 13.  Each of the 4 schools had very different styles, & i chose them because i wanted a well-rounded martial education.  I also picked up hip hop dance during my sophomore year, but it was more of a fun hobby than anything serious (: a few classes, a few camps, that’s it.

during my high school years i was also training at a piano academy to be a competitive performer, & i got a job there as a keyboard theory teacher – i was student & teacher at the same time. :P I was also in a Noh & Kabuki theatre troupe that delivered performances during annual holidays – it was here that i learned to play traditional Asian instruments, to dance the dances, & on the side, i learned ikebana.  We never had to pay for floral decorators after that, i just thought it was the coolest thing to do :3

so as you can tell, i was really involved in a lot. >w< & that’s the kind of personality NYUAD caters to, they look for students who aren’t just ambitious academically, but in every aspect of their lives.  They would rather accept someone with a lower GPA, but who has made significant contributions in the world outside of their school.  Some of my classmates had already created their own business, or started their own charities, or made bank off the sales of their own albums.  Hermetical nerds with 5.0 GPAs aren’t very kindly looked upon because NYUAD wants people who actually had social lives in high school, but productive social lives.  Make sense? :)

Early Decision 2 Update

Early Decision 2 results will be released on 14th February at Pre-Dawn hours (New York Time).

We are on deck to welcome the newest members of the NYU Class of 2018 this Friday, February 14.  Admission decisions will be sent via email, beginning in the pre-dawn hours (New York City time) on Friday.  We will continue to send decisions throughout the day, with all decisions released by Friday evening.

Admitted students will also be mailed a congratulatory packet of materials on Friday.  No admission decisions will be posted anywhere on our website – nor will students be able to check the status of their admission decision via their NYU Home account on our NYU Albert website. Admission decisions are only mailed via email.  If you do not receive your decision via email, you may call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on Monday, February 17 and we will provide your admission decision over the phone.

Shawn Abbott

Dean of Admissions, New York University

Best of Luck! 

susantran  asked:

Thank you so much for offering to answer questions. Your tumblr is beautiful! Haha I recently received an email from NYUAD. I looked into the website and the classes, and many things just seem very appealing to me. And tbh, I feel that I won't be able to make it in after finding it's low acceptance rate. I'm experiencing this low confidence in my ability and grades atm. But putting that aside for now, can you tell me what you like best about NYUAD?

Thank you (: Simply put, the best part of an NYUAD education is the non-academic education — the type of education you can’t receive if you chose to go to college in the same country you grew up in, & chose to surround yourself with people like you.  

Many universities spout bullshit about how multicultural / cosmopolitan they are, and most “international schools” are just a bunch of Americans living abroad.  There is no university in the world with a student body as diverse as NYUAD, & it’s small enough to force you into daily contact with people you have nothing in common with.  

You re-learn rules of etiquette:  what cannot be said out loud if citizens of certain countries are present, what is considered offensive by the rest of the world even if “your people” consider it to be okay, etc.  You learn more about other people than you could anywhere else, and in learning about others, you discover & re-discover yourself.  


World Generosity Day, 14 Feb - it’s about spreading love and expecting nothing in return.

We spent what is popularly known as Valentine’s Day painting the exterior walls of a women’s labour camp. Despite our arms and legs aching by the end of the 3 hours, seeing the bright yellow and terracotta covering the walls, and the ladies’ smiles, was definitely worth it!

Credit to Suparna (Assistant Director of Community Outreach) for capturing these moments.