Every semester the Stern Undergraduate Advising Office hires a team of student workers to assist with peer advising and a broad range of office projects. This year we’ve recruited our Graduate Assistant Kate Hensly (a Stern Alumn!) and Stern junior Dorian Arrunategui to create a series of posts with advising tips for your time at Stern. Check back here weekly for their advice on academic life and beyond.
First up is a review of the Top 10 Freshman Frequently Asked Questions:
How many credits should I be taking?
On average students take between 16-18 credits, although you only need 12 to be considered a full-time student. You are able to request to take more than 18 credits in a semester (although it’s not advised)
Is it possible to study abroad in Stern ?
Of course ! NYU Global Programs now offers Stern classes in London, Prague, Florence, Madrid, Shanghai, and Sydney, but Stern students can also elect to study at the NYU sites in Abu Dhabi, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC. Global sites offer summer-long, semester-long and year-long study away options.
Stern’s IBEX (International Business Exchange) program also allows Juniors and Seniors to choose from 18 partner schools in 12 countries to immerse themselves in another culture.
If you are interested in studying abroad (and you should be !), then plan ahead — choose a program, a location, course plan, and have back ups !
Do I have to have two concentrations ?
Nope ! Some students have 2 concentrations, some just one. Some have a minor, some two, and some do not have one. We can tell you, though, that almost all students will have at least two fields of study (whether it’s one concentration and a minor, or two concentrations). Before you feel pressured to load up on the concentrations, take an intro course, explore courses in other schools, etc.
Do I have to have an internship ?
Do not even worry about it ! You will have plenty of time your Sophomore and Junior years to look for internships. In the meantime, explore your interests, check out Wasserman, and make sure you understand what you’re looking for when you start looking.
What are tracks ?
Tracks are a great way to explore your more multidisciplinary interests. Tracks provide a roadmap of coursework that will help you develop both intellectually and professionally in those areas that cross traditional disciplines. With each track comes one great Track Champion — a faculty member dedicated to developing and monitoring the track curriculum, advising students, and facilitating their professional development.
How can I get involved on campus and within Stern ?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus — whether it’s Athletics, Greek Life, or Student Government. Check out club fest (both NYU and Stern’s) to find some cool student-run organizations and All-Square Clubs on campus — you’re bound to find at least one you’re interested in!
Check out centers and programs around campus — such as NYU’s LGBTQ Center, Center for Multicultural Education & Programs (CMEP), Health Promotion Office (HPO), and Center for Spiritual Life. Participate in events and traditions such as Ally Week, Heritage Months (e.g., Asian, Latina, Black, Women, Pride), and Strawberry Festival.
Do you commute ? Meet the Commuter Student Council and keep an eye out for events.
How does one “network” ?
Be yourself. If you have a genuine interest in seeking more information (whether personal or professional) from someone, let them know ! Introduce yourself, speak clearly and with intention. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for their contact information. You never know who could hook you up with your next internship… and PS - practice makes perfect.
Check out Wasserman for more resources and events learn more !
Where can a kid get some tutoring ?
If you visit the Academic Resource Center (ARC), the University Learning Center provides tutoring services for the most common (math, econ, stats) courses throughout NYU. For Stern courses, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) students provide tutoring for intro courses such as Micro, Economics of Global Business (EGB), Statistics, Financial Accounting (FA), etc. You can also visit the Writing Center for help with your writing assignments.
What’s there to do around here [NYC] anyway ?
In addition to the bountiful parks & gardens, restaurants & foodie events, NYU hooks its students up with free admission to museums and discounts to shows across the city ! Check out NYU Skirball, our Center for the Performing Arts, to learn more about their upcoming events. (Remember that time Drake came to NYU…?)
Take advantage of Stern’s Cohen Arts and Culture Experience (CACE) and expose yourself to New York City’s rich artistic and cultural diversity while hanging with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff members.
Who can I talk to about my academic career?
Stern students of all years can make 30-minute appointments with their academic advisor to discuss topics including course scheduling, concentrations and minors, study abroad options, and co-curricular activities.
To make an appointment, visit your Student Center in Albert, and select Setup Advisor Appointment. You will be prompted to select a Department (Stern) and an Appointment Reason (First-Year Concerns). From there, select your advisor and a convenient time slot. Albert shows available appointments only up to 5 days in advance, and appointments are typically available
Monday through Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm.
You are encouraged to wait until the start of the Fall semester to set a meeting with your advisor.
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