College Circuit: Andrea Chiurillo

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New York University (NYU) is a private university located in New York, with more than 26,417 enrolled students. 2018 alumni Andrea Chiurillo is currently a freshman at the university. He spoke to The Circuit’s Anamaria Camara .

Why did you choose to attend NYU?
I chose to attend NYU because I always had a passion for business, specifically finance. Not only is [NYU] a great school in finance, but New York is the financial capital of the [United States]. When I visited the school, I felt this huge sense of opportunity that I wanted to explore.

What is it like to be a first year student at NYU?
In college, I have a much more independent lifestyle, especially in New York. When you walk outside to go to class everyday, you are walking alongside professionals, families, etc. You mature really fast to keep up with the fast lifestyle pace most New Yorkers live.

What has been your favorite college experience so far while studying at NYU?
My favorite college experience this year is how much independence I have. I take control of my own life and make decisions on my own. New York has so many working people, and I now walk among them.

How have your college experiences differed from your high school experiences?
At NYU, you truly feel the sense of diversity within the student body. I have enjoyed this because I have met some of the most interesting and unique people; it takes time to adjust and learn about others’ cultures and values. Having a really open mind helps the adjustment process.

What advice do you have for students considering attending NYU?
My advice is to keep working hard all four [years of] high school. Dedicate enough time to school so you can go where you want to go. However, remember to have fun too, spending high school stressed is never a good idea.

What do you plan on doing after you graduate from NYU?
After [I] graduate, I’m not sure what I want to do. I want to explore all the opportunities at [NYU] Stern [School of Business]. Before attending Stern, I thought I wanted to be a financial analyst. Now, however, I’m open to all the possibilities that Stern has to offer after seeing all the programs that interest me.

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