Born in Brooklyn but raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Safiya Farquharson transferred to Gallatin from Howard University in her sophomore year. “I was desperately searching for an opportunity that would allow me to explore different disciplines and ultimately create may own tailor-made education,” she says. “Gallatin was that place.”
Farquharson studies Race and Performance in the Media. “My Lyrics on Lockdown class was by far the best experience I’ve had at Gallatin,” she says. “It had everything a class should have: two very intelligent and passionate professors, a tight-knit class and most importantly, real-world application.”Community-learning courses, she adds, are one of the highlights of Gallatin.
One of the editors of the Literacy Review, published by Gallatin’s Writing Program, Farquharson says, “I feel like I have the ability to bridge the gap between my passion for social justice and my passion for writing and the arts.” Farquharson, who also works for NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, observes that “people assume that Gallatin students don’t know what they want to do, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. All of my peers are so passionate about what they’re studying and have such a clear vision. In my Gallatin classes, I’ve never been lectured at, only engaged.”