Writing the Essay is arguably the most notorious first-year requirement at New York University — it has a reputation that not only terrifies all incoming students but also lingers with dread into the minds of those who possess taken the course semesters ago. It is it truly all of that bad? To all the of you who immediately thought “yes,” it is time to talk about the bad along side the good — and give some solid advice to all the future first-year students.
As a student that is first-year, it is aided by the horror of my peers that I admit that Writing the Essay happens to be my personal favorite course over these past two semesters. My professor was fantastic, the program load had not been too overwhelming, and my writing was truly refined through the progressions. There have been plenty of moments where I doubted my sanity that is academic I have justified my admiration of this course with my passion for writing. As an anticipated Journalism major, it seems slightly more acceptable that I enjoyed Writing the Essay.
For several of you available to you who are nervous in regards to the course and who may well not share the exact same enjoyment in writing academic essays I talked with other first-year students to come up with a few steps that will help you conquer the most infamous first-year course of them all as I do:
1) Be open-minded
Sal Maicki, Journalism and Philosophy Double Major, CAS