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Advising in the First Year

Welcome to your first year at Gallatin! We are so glad you are here.

Perhaps you have questions: What exactly constitutes interdisciplinary study? How do I bring my interests together and articulate a concentration? How will I know which class to take? How do I navigate Gallatin's requirements while forging ahead with my individualized study?

Your Class Adviser is here to help you figure all this—and more!—out.

In the meantime, a few words about the first-year program. As a first-year student, you will be taking writing classes and interdisciplinary seminars especially designed to prepare you for university-level writing and to introduce the concept of interdisciplinary study and the Gallatin philosophy. These small classes also give Gallatin students a chance to begin building a community of intellectual peers with shared academic interests and creative pursuits.

Your first year at college can be exhilerating, exciting, and, at times, challenging. Gallatin's faculty and advisers are here to help make this time more exhilerating and exciting and less challenging.

As you begin the four-year process of developing and defining and re-defining your individualized concentration, your primary faculty adviser and your class adviser are happy to help. Your primary academic adviser, a faculty member at Gallatin or the wider NYU community, will work with you as you build your Plan of Study, both semester-to-semester and encompassing your interdisciplinary education, as you expand and explore various fields of academic inquiry, and as you take advantage of the many opportunities open to you at Gallatin, through the other schools at NYU, and in New York City.

At the same time, your First-Year Class Adviser, Yevgeniya Traps, can provide support and offer advice on academic, curricular, and school policy. Yevgeniya's  walk-in hours for Fall 2017 are:

  • Monday, 9:30am - 12pm
  • Thursday, 2:30pm - 5pm

You may also make an appointment at other times. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with questions and concerns, or just to say hi!





Here are a few bits of advice and recollection from Gallatin students about their first year. Keep checking in: these will be updated regularly!

The most memorable experience at Gallatin for me was when I produced the Music Night at the Gallatin Arts Festival. Being a part of the Student Leadership Team as a Performing Arts Producer was a valuable learning experience for me. The Music Night was such a success. It was amazing to see the Gallatin community come together for a night of great performances, fun mocktails, and exciting original music. I was so proud to be a part of it!

  Lexi, Class of 2015

The thing I can recommend most for new students is: never take for granted the importance of the adviser-advisee relationship to your education in Gallatin, and don't be afraid to switch to a new one! My first year at Gallatin, I thought I could not possibly have been happier; I loved my classes, the city was an absolute thrill, and I relished in the newfound freedom of being away from home for the first time. However, because I felt I didn't have much in common with my assigned adviser, we would only meet to conduct the most basic clerical business-- approval for registration, mandatory advisement meetings, and so on.  When I switched advisers to a professor that I felt better understood my needs and interests, I realized what I was missing out on the whole time. More than an academic supervisor, my adviser has been my greatest friend and advocate at Gallatin, and our relationship has been one of the most critical parts of my education here. It's a relationship that shouldn't be passed up!

  Henry, Class of 2015

Take advantage of the extracurricular events that Gallatin has to offer. I feel fortunate to go to a school where guest speakers range from the rapper Black Thought of The Roots to Alison Bechdel, the graphic novelist who produced the powerful memoir Fun Home. During my first year at NYU I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the club fair, and felt too shy to involve myself deeply in any kind of organized extracurricular activity. Attending Gallatin round-table discussions and lectures allowed me to feel involved in the Gallatin community without having to put myself out there in a way that I was not yet comfortable with. Gallatin provides a space for us as students to intellectualize and investigate the things in our world that might not be deemed "academic" to a society at large. It is through some of these conversations with artists, musicians, urban planners, and writers that I was able to develop my concentration, and slowly begin to participate more actively in the NYU community at-large.

  Gabriela, Class of 2015

Questions? Email your First Year Class Adviser Yevgeniya Traps: