Advising in the First Year
The core of the first year experience at Gallatin is the first-year program, where students take writing classes and interdisciplinary seminars designed to prepare them for university-level writing and to introduce the concept of interdisciplinary study and the Gallatin philosophy. These classes also give Gallatin students a chance to begin to build a community and get to know each other better. The first year at college is an exhilerating, exciting, and sometimes challenging time. Gallatin's small first-year classes and encouragment of close relationships between students and faculty and advisers is meant to provide students with an anchor as they navigate their first year.
In the first year at Gallatin students begin the four-year process of building an individualized concentration. First-years begin their relationship with their academic adviser, a faculty member in Gallatin or the wider NYU community. Academic advisers help students to plan their interdisciplinary education both in the short term by helping students with their choice of classes each semester, and more broadly in expanding their understanding of their fields of inquiry by introducing them to the many different opportunities open to them at Gallatin through study in all of the colleges of NYU, and by taking advantage of Gallatin's curriculum and many opportunities to participate in internships, independent studies (experiential learning is open to first-years in their second semester). In later years, advisers guide students through Gallatin's benchmark requirements--the IAPC and colloquium.
In addition, first-years also have their class adviser, Rahul Hamid, as a resource to provide support and advise on academic, curricular, and school policy. Rahul's walk-in hours for the Spring 2013 term are as follows:
- Tuesdays 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Fridays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
You may also make an appointment at other times and Rahul encourages you to do so!