March 15, 2019
The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) represents all NYU alumni, from every NYU school and department—a community more than half-a-million strong. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the Association in their mission to engage and support alumni. Michael Hengerer (GAL '16) is a second-year Board member and co-chair of the Recent Alumni & Student Programs committee.
His work on the Board is a natural continuation from his time as a student at NYU, where he served as NYU Student Body President and on the University Senate’s Committee on Organization and Governance. Professionally, Michael is a senior learning coordinator at Goldman Sachs.
This is a hard one... but I guess I have to answer. I had many opportunities to travel away from the city with my NYU friends and classmates: a spring break trip visiting friends studying abroad in Europe; leadership retreats in Upstate New York and in Washington, DC; student government trips to Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. These memories are special not only because of their excitement, but also because they remind me of how the NYU experience expands well beyond what may immediately come to mind as “campus.”
NYU has given me so much—amazing friends; unique experiences; a world class education; leadership skills; strong connections with incredible people. I have NYU to thank for who I am today (in addition to my mother, of course!) so I want to ensure I'm repaying the favor, and creating the same opportunities for students coming up behind me.