not to toot our horn, but TOOT TOOT.
make that an air horn. BERRRR BERRRR BERRRRRRRRRRR! <3>
Observers Observing, Peter Funch
Exigent State, Peter Funch
Memory Lane, Peter Funch
Care Taker, Peter Funch
Started in 2006 and completed in 2010, Peter Funch’s project Babel Tales is a series of composite photographs, all of which were taken over a series of weeks in several locations in New York City. Superimposing the images on top of each other, Funch creates fictional scenes that seem, at once, realistic and whimsically staged.
Manhattan in Motion
NYU doesn’t accept the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA and they expect me to pay almost $50,000 in tuition a year. How the fuck? All they would offer is a $4,000 scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences; the rest comes in the form of loans. Yeah…ok. The best part is, Fordham’s tuition is barely less than NYU’s and I pay nowhere near full tuition.
I would be coming out of NYU with around $200,000 in debt, while, the way things are working out now, I’ll be coming out of Fordham debt-free. When I visited the Office of Financial Aid today, the counselor seemed to think it was hilarious that I asked where my financial aid was. He replied, “You were offered financial aid, but our aid comes in the form of loans, not grants. We don’t guarantee that we can meet everyone’s EFC 100%.” But you’re not even meeting it at all, dude. I’m not rich and I’m not going to a school I can’t afford. I’d rather not still be paying back my student loans when I’m in my late forties if I choose a 30-year payment plan.
This is extremely frustrating and disappointing, and the reason I take it so seriously is because it’s important to me. I’ve wanted to go to NYU since I was in fifth or sixth grade, but at this point, I’ve come to realize that it’s just not meant to be. After interviewing for their high school film program twice and being denied twice, and then auditioning for Tisch, which has less than a 15% acceptance rate, and being denied last year, NYU has time and time again lead to disappointment. It’s unfortunate that when I’m finally accepted, my decision has to come down to money. But, hey, at least NYU accepted me.
I always felt that I belonged at NYU, and I have to admit, I don’t necessarily feel that Fordham is the school for me. But, looking at the big picture, I’m getting a comparable, if not better, education at Fordham. Many people even say that it’s more academically challenging. Anyway, it’s much more suited to my needs. For example, my major is Communication and Media Studies with a Screenwriting discipline and I minor in Theatre, which is very important to me. However at NYU, my major would have been Dramatic Literature, but only because it seemed to “fit” into the place of what I was doing before. As a freshman, I haven’t only taken one of each of my major and minor classes, but I’m sure I’ll learn to appreciate my school more once I can focus solely on those classes. Also, Fordham is much more personable; when I need help, I get help, not pretentious bitching (note the counselor mentioned above).
So, this fall, I’ll be returning to the Upper West Side, not the Village. I’ll be taking the WTC Path train and the the A or C train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle, not the 33rd Street train just three stops to 9th Street. I’ll be taking long walks through Central Park, and even longer early-morning walks from 33rd Street to Fordham - through Times Square when it seems like I’m the only one walking the empty streets. And, best of all, I’ll be a Commuter Freshman Mentor…convincing the newly admitted students that they’ve made the right decision by choosing Fordham. ;)>