The Dazzling Violet

We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand - Why NYU? (400 word maximum)

A few years ago, on the Charles Bridge across Vltava River, I gained my first impression of NYU. I saw a group of students carrying cameras, lighting and microphones, with the logo NYU printed on the front of their violet t-shirts. I approached them for a conversation, and they told me that they were studying digital media here in Prague and producing a doc-film project. They even invited me for an interview. Their enthusiasm and energy sparked my initial interest in their school.

Now, I’ve become a student bound for media and communication. Producing a doc-film to expose local Shanghainese’s stereotypes of migrants, I tried to raise awareness and mobilize a collective effort to address this issue. My friend’s account of her experience of campus violence in Yunnan prompted me to start an investigative journalism project on the incident. I published my series articles on the National Youth Observation Contest press. At the TEDx I organized, I recounted my campaign for student government, trying to inspire my fellow female students to be braver and actively assume responsibilities, not to be intimidated by the gender imbalance in leadership. Along the way, I’ve become more aware of media and communication’s power to bring about...

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