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Nyu Goddard Writing The Essay


These Streams are attached to a “Writing the Essay” Course but you do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the course to be a participant in the stream.

All the World's a Stage - Although New York City is the theater capital of the world, our minds often conjure up big-budget Broadway musicals when we think about New York's theater offerings.  The goal of ATWAS is to turn students into theater omnivores – adventurous audience members willing to see, understand and enjoy a range of performances. that could include: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway; new plays, revivals, adaptations, musicals; operas, modern dances, improvised comedies, filmed performances, performative restaurants, burlesques, competitive poetry slams, drag shows, hipster storytellers, avant-garde art installations; we might even throw in some sports! Theater, dance or film training isn't required; but a desire to expand your idea of performance – of what it can be, where it can take place, and how it can bleed into your everyday life – is.

Creating New York - Ever iconic and vibrant, New York City and its diverse denizens have always embraced creativity and invention. From graffiti artists to filmmakers to fashion designers, New York is a home to artists and makers of all kinds, and is itself an engine of creativity. This city houses some of the most significant works of art in the world, and its communities have given rise to worldwide creative movements. This stream will explore the creative world of New York through the city's legendary theater and art venues (Broadway!  The Met!  MoMA!), while also also seeking out the creative communities that lie off the beaten path, at local jazz clubs, poetry slams, and artisanal markets. We will also meet with and learn from members of New York's many creative communities, and host guest creators ranging from game designers, to food stylists, to musicians and poets. We will, of course, pursue some creative endeavors of our own through activities like painting classes, knitting circles, and photography tutorials, as we draw our own inspiration from the city.

Global New York - New York City has long been been called a "melting pot," an energetic and colorful urban utopia that both celebrates and thrives on multiculturalism. Practically every borough, every neighborhood, and every street in NYC has the cultural imprint of a rich immigrant history, and Global NY stream members will regularly explore the city and its offerings through an inter-national lens. From tours of Ellis Island and the United Nations, to indulging in authentic or new fusion cuisine, to experiencing film, theater, and music from around the globe, students will be actively engaged in ongoing cultural dialogues in order to learn more about each other, themselves, and the surrounding world NYC so richly represents. Along the way we will explore--and become advocates for--Global Citizenship, an idea that humans across nations, religions, and ideologies share a human bond and responsibility for each other that transcends our differences.

Poverty and Affluence - “Poverty is not a certain small amount of goods, nor is it just a relation between means and ends; above all it is a relation between people. Poverty is a social status.” Marshall Sahlins.

The United States of America has one of the most unequal national distributions of wealth in the world, and Manhattan has the highest degree of wealth inequality in this country. So, the juxtaposition of extreme wealth and extreme poverty is going to be such a defining feature of your life in New York that it might start to seem like a normal state of affairs. Students who join the Poverty and Affluence Stream choose not to normalize this strange situation, but rather to examine it more closely. Through service-learning, participation in cultural events, and compelling conversations with professionals, activists, and each other, you will create opportunities to learn and educate. We'll think about how the distribution of resources is determined not only by the dynamics of the free market, but by the gendered and racialized status structures we inherit from patriarchal cultures and from a national history of white-supremacism. We'll think about the immediate material consequences of economic inequality on poorer New Yorkers and its longer term impact on the social cohesion, peace, and health of the entire community. Above all, you'll think about how things could be changed.

Science Matters Stream - Science matters.  Science provides us with a means of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live.  It allows us to peer at the most distant galaxies and to study molecular changes within our cells.  It provides powerful tools to cure disease and harvest new sources of energy.  Yet it also raises ethical questions about the appropriate use of the knowledge that we gain.  This stream is open to any students who are interested in science and the questions it raises.  We welcome not only science majors and pre-medical students, but anyone who is curious about life and the cosmos.  This stream will visit important scientific institutions in NYC ranging from the American Museum of Natural History to the New York Academy of Sciences in addition to exploring how science and scientists are represented in art and media. 

(Social) Justice League Stream - “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The Social Justice League Stream endeavors to make visible and to become vocal about those things that matter and too often go undiscussed. We examine the distribution of resources, power and privilege, and work to strengthen our vision and voices so that we can build capacity to challenge the inequities we encounter. Our explorations take us into the city — on field trips to talks, plays, films, exhibits, rallies, and organizations. And our community becomes a real anchorage point at home in the ResCollege, as we gather for leadership suppers and service commitments, documentary nights and hot choc talks. Exactly what we explore is up to you, but it’s sure to take on questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, spirituality, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, national origin, and their intersections. The Social Justice League is for people who value engaged, inspired conversation and want to be a part of purposeful action.



Have lunch at an on-campus eatery. Chat with friends and make plans to attend an upcoming arts or cultural event. One of the benefits of attending college in an urban setting like New York is that there are plenty of opportunities to see world-renowned speakers or take advantage of new experiences both and on- and off-campus.


Attend your afternoon class, which could be the “Freshman Seminar Wiseguys, Spies, and Private Eyes: Heroes and Villains in American Culture, Film, and Literature,” where you’ll learn about American archetypes and themes.


Head over to your work-study, off-campus, or volunteer job. NYU CareerNet helps you find positions (both federal and non-federal work-study), off-campus jobs, and internship opportunities.


Meet with extracurricular group at Kimmel Center for University Life. NYU boasts more than 300 active student clubs and organizations, from Cheese Club to the Joss Whedon Appreciation Society, along with many school-specific organizations. NYU also has an active Greek Life and both varsity and club athletic teams.



Have dinner at a local restaurant. New York, and especially the Village, is home to a wide range of cuisines, with many cheaper options and discounts available for college students.


Catch an on-campus event. Events include renowned speakers, art exhibitions, sporting events, performances, concerts, and other cultural experiences. Or head to the famous Elmer Holmes Bobst Library (known as “Bobst”), one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, to get some studying done, do some reading, or spend time with friends.


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