As He Ziqing ’20 describes all the experiences she has gone through over the past four years as an NYU Shanghai student, she notices that one word keeps popping up. “I just realized I say the word ‘uncertainty’ a lot,” she says with a smile. “But now, I have the confidence to say, ‘OK, there’s uncertainty, but I kind of know how to deal with it.’ Even if something crazy happens, I can find ways to adapt to it.”
“Going to school I felt like an American, being at home I felt like a Pole,” says Bogdanowicz. “So I kind of felt like a global citizen starting out already. I was always willing to sort of explore and go abroad, but I never had the opportunity.”
Song has known he would be a scientist since his high school days. In four years at NYU Shanghai, he has gone from an eager freshman to an author of two papers in leading science journals around the world.
For most of her life, Audrey Samuel has lived in Ghana, but has also called Sri Lanka—her birthplace—home. Now, after four years at NYU Shanghai, when she’s asked where home is, she can add Shanghai, Washington DC, and Berlin to her list.
Amy DeCillis ’20 remembers exactly where she was when she realized she would be heading to NYU Shanghai for college: in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, on her way to vote for the first time ever in a primary election for the 2016 US presidential race.
When Tim Wu Guangyu ’20 was considering where to apply for college during his senior year in high school, NYU Shanghai was just three years old—and had not yet graduated its first class. Wu’s school counselor was doubtful about such a new university, but Wu decided to give it a shot.