Sophomore Nick Marroletti chose Gallatin because of its academic flexibility: “I wanted to be able to design my own concentration and not be held back by rigid academic requirements,” he says. The Malvern, Pennsylvania, native is examing contemporary political issues as well as their historical roots, with a concentration in American Political History and Public Policy. “I’m trying to better understand today’s lasting problems or successes by their historical causes or the way they’ve been shaped by the past,” he says.
Marroletti calls Professor Vasuki Nesiah’s course "Law and Legal Thought" a great introduction to critical legal analysis and describes Professor George Shulman’s course, "American Narratives," as the most influential course in terms of shaping his understanding of America and its political narrative that he’s taken thus far at Gallatin.
A member of the NYU Vocaholics, the University’s a capella group, Marroletti is also the group’s business manager, and he says, “It’s been an education far beyond the musical part of a singing group.”
“I love the atmosphere at Gallatin,” he adds. “There are some students who are so focused and know exactly what they want to study and have their concentrations down to a tee, and there are others who are still working through their interests and enjoying the journey. It's such an interesting, eclectic group of students, and I think that brings out the best in all of us.”