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Clara Katz-Andrade (CAS ’17)

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It's a book about a surgeon's life and struggles - not only within the medical and political world, but also in his personal life. I liked it because I myself wish to become a surgeon, and the doctor's life experience spoke to me and encouraged me.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
I am really very grateful for the scholarship I have received. This first semester at NYU has comprised some of the best, most academically challenging, and most fun months of my life. I am truly thankful for the opportunity that you have provided for me.


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
This semester I was in kendo, choir and belly dancing, as well as the Brazilian club. Next semester I hope to join tae kwan do and perhaps a new language club. I love playing piano and learning languages, and hope to do many campus-based activities related to my hobbies.

WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
My freshman seminar, The Cultural Nature of Language, because the professor was very encouraging of my work and the class focused on issues that I am extremely interested in, such as linguistics (my intended major) and the influence of society.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
I hope to go on to medical school and become a surgeon, and hopefully join some type of volunteer organization thereafter, such as Doctors Without Borders. I hope to spend a few years doing volunteer work, and eventually settle down and work in either the United States or my hometown in Brazil.


Jesamine Lee (SCPS ’17)

WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
China: Cultures and Contexts requires a hefty amount of reading, but the topic that I found most interesting was the process of the Chinese people forming an identity. I learned that identity, whether it is a person or a country's, is the most important factor in politics.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
I am amazed by the generosity that I have received for my academic pursuits and am incredibly grateful for support from the 1831 Fund. This scholarship has proven to me that there are people who believe that I can succeed and become a leader in whichever field I study.


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
Encounter Christian Fellowship, Hotel Business Society, Icing on the Cake

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
I started reading 1984 by George Orwell, and slowly but surely, I am nearing the end of the incredibly haunting yet heart-clawing novel. I am constantly comparing the book to the present day, and Orwell is able to put into words the horror of brainwashing through social media.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
I want to be an entrepreneur in the food/beverage industry like David Chang of Momofuku Co. I also hope to travel to Europe to learn the art of pastry-making and also to China to learn more about the booming tourism industry.


Pavan Mahtani (STERN ’17)

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
I am a member of the NYU Pandemonium Fusion Dance Team, the Investment Analysis Group, and the Quantitative Finance Society. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, playing guitar, lifting weights, and taking jogs around the city.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
It is impossible to express my full gratitude in just a few words. I really appreciate your contribution to helping me further my education. It is an amazing feeling knowing that my parents are proud of their son and proud of the community that that they have sent me to, and for that, I thank you tremendously.


WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?

During my first semester at NYU, my favorite course has been Microeconomics. I've always been interested in economics and the way economic models can try to predict consumer and market behavior. It's very enlightening to be able to understand some of the underlying concepts that define our lives.

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
The most interesting book I have read this year is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It really opens your eyes to an inspiring perspective on life and supports the notion of following your dreams and confronting challenges without letting the fear of failing hold you back.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
Because I believe education is the most important investment, I hope to earn my MBA. After graduation, I hope to have attained enough business knowledge, tools and experience to continue and expand my family's business, fulfilling the dreams of my father, grandfather and uncles.


Wemimo Abbey (WAGNER ’17)

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
After graduation, I would like to manage my social venture Clean Water for Everyone (cwfe.org) - an organization that provides access to clean water around the world. In the near future, I want to play an active role in the political environment developing public policies and educational reform.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
I want to express my deepest gratitude for your support. My experiences at NYU Wagner allow me to transform my personal commitment into public leadership and devote my life to fight for the powerless, stand up for women, and never give up on the hopeless. I am a fervent advocate that education should be the paramount investment in any child’s life as it expands the intellectual frame of reference.


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
Vice President, Wagner Student Alliance for Africa

WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
Politics of International Development, taught by Professor Gershman, allows me to put theory to practice.

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz. This book highlights lessons learned from global poverty and powerful new ways of tackling it.

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