When I came to NYU, the first thing I noticed was the disconnected nature of the campus and its students. During my time here, I have realized that there are two ways to navigate this kind of environment. Some students choose to see it as a detriment: they complain that NYU has no community or that it doesn’t allow for traditional college experiences. Others, however, choose to see it as an asset.
In this unstructured atmosphere, these students carve out their own niches. They take full advantage of everything NYU and New York City have to offer. They form relationships with their professors, take on research opportunities, make art, juggle internships and start their careers. In other words, they are up and coming.
When we sat down to plan this issue, the first thing we did was pin down what that title meant. The Selection Committee agreed that an Up-and-Comer is a student who doesn’t wait until graduation to put their degree to work — they have found something they are passionate about and have already begun to pursue it restlessly. These students come from diverse backgrounds and have diverse interests, but all share a similar drive to leave their mark on the world.
In the pages of this issue, we have highlighted a group of NYU students who represent that drive and that spirit. We hope that you enjoy their stories and that they inspire you to find your own passion and pursue it relentlessly.
I would like to take this time to thank Valentina Duque Bojanini, Thomas Devlin, Hannah Treasure, Emily Bell, Shawn Paik and Olivia Martin for all their help selecting our Up-and-Comers, working with our writers and keeping me in good supply of iced tea and pizza when things got hectic. I also would like to thank all the writers, photographers and copy editors who contributed to this issue, without whom none of this would be possible.