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Luke Vargas

BA '13 - Rhetoric and Political Action

Luke transferred to Gallatin after a year at Johns Hopkins University. “After transferring,” says the Boston native, “I committed myself to finding a mentor in the field of creative interest.” Luke enrolled in a poetry workshop with Professor Scott Hightower and the rest, he says, was history.

After taking courses in European history and philosophy, poetry writing, and politics, Luke arrived at his concentration, rhetoric and political action. Luke says that the academic freedoms that Gallatin offers within the NYU course catalogue were particularly useful, and allowed him to enroll in classes from departments and schools as diverse as Irish Studies, Judaic Studies, Steinhardt’s Childhood Education program, the School of Social Work, and the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He took advantage of the opportunities New York City has to offer as well, from providing election commentary from the Fox News studios to doing diplomatic reporting at the United Nations. “In only ten Manhattan blocks I found more professional pathways than I ever thought possible,” he says.