Sample Essay #3
NYU (Theme: Music and Culture)
Intended Major: Music Business
Essay Prompt: We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. What motivated you to apply to NYU? Why have you applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please also tell us why you are interested in these additional areas of study or campuses. We want to understand – Why NYU? (400 words)
Even before I grasped the structure of language, I could appreciate the rhythm of music. When I was only one, I could sing an entire song without missing a lyric after hearing it three times. For ten years, I played piano and sang in a choir and A-cappella. On the other hand, influenced by my businesswoman mother, I’ve been prompted to explore the mysterious world of business. Faced with the dilemma of pursuing my lifelong passion and following my mother’s path, I encountered NYU’s Music Business program, a combination of my life ambitions.
NYU is unique for its open campus. Without walls, it is blended into the city, extending its arms to resources all over Manhattan. My first visit to NYU was characterized by white-and-violet flags with a torch hanging on the buildings along West 4th Street. In the heart of the world’s most globalized city, NYU provides students with convenient access to theaters and live shows and offers free tickets to twelve of the City’s museums. All of these encourage students to build a better understanding of and appreciation for the arts and music, resonating with NYU’s emphasis on the humanities and arts.
The Music Business program, with courses in both Steinhardt and Stern, does not only include basic Music and Business courses, but also includes integrated courses like International Music Marketplace and Music in the Media Business, which combine knowledge of both academic scopes to shed light on the music industry from multiple perspectives. I also hold great interest in the course Village Records: Practicum in the Recorded Music Industry, where I could closely approach the actual process of music production. Besides, NYU has the best arts school in America, Tisch, fulfilling my wish to cooperate with top arts students during my college experience.
NYU’s colorful extracurricular activities further mesmerize me. At the end of October, the NYU World Tour starts, in which students can explore unknown journeys around the world, with food fests, a grand bazaar, and the flagship Marquee Event. At the beginning of April, students and faculty members are fostered to communicate cross-culturally with different micro-communities during Ally Week. In May, the Strawberry Festival includes street fairs with games, music, and the world’s longest strawberry cake! In NYU’s cultural hodgepodge, I would be nurtured not only by the abundance of academic resources on- and off-campus, but also by the diversity of art, music, and culture.
This essay paints a very descriptive image as to why the writer is not only compelled to study at NYU’s Music Business Program but how the backdrop of studying and living in New York City can further create a cultural exchange experience. Throughout the whole essay, the writer makes it a point to use the same structure of on-campus and off-campus learning. The writer captures the reader’s attention by using a powerful hook that states how by the age of one, they were already able to sing an entire song without missing a lyric even before they began talking. Although predictable, it’s evident how music will further come to shape the writer’s life through their studies and practices. However, faced with a dilemma of wanting to live up to their mother’s standards of being a successful businesswoman, the choice to study Music Business has become the answer.
The first body paragraph vividly depicts the writer’s impression of seeing the iconic violet and white NYU flags on West 4th Street. Even if the reader has never physically been to NYU’s
“campus” in the City, they can still imagine the writer’s excitement of seeing the flags in-person and wanting to be a part of the school’s legacy.
The first body paragraph transitions into the second one by linking New York City’s cultural establishments and theatres as places that would afford students opportunities to learn beyond classroom walls. Specifically, the writer shows that they have researched schools, courses, and programs offered through the Music Business Program and how by studying at the most well-known arts school in America, they believe that they can make their mark within the industry as well.
The conclusion discusses how NYU’s annual cultural events would only contribute to the writer’s immense appreciation and understanding of diversity—both academically and taught literally on the street.