Life at College: New York University
Dear readers of Metro Insurance’s blog. My name is Aiden Guo, a summer marketing intern from New York University’s Stern School of Business. After just finishing my first year in college, I’ve come home to spend the summer with family and friends while also picking up some experience at Metro Insurance, a relatively local insurance agency.
Before I begin talking about my college experience, I would like to address the elephant in the room: Yes, I am the author of these blogs. I enjoy writing these as they offer me time to explore the insurance and outside world in a free and creative manner. Indeed, I used to write far more than I do now – my personal blog logged well over 3 million views in the last couple of years. However, managing the Metro Insurance blog has become a new hobby, and cranking out these weekly posts has made the time fly by.
Back on the topic of University, my college experience thus far has been somewhat unexpectedly smooth. The most unforeseen aspect of college is the personal connections amongst peers. All freshmen are more or less subjects of new experiences: living on your own, paying for most expenses, and controlling all areas of your life. On top of these unfamiliarities comes the development of your passion into a career. Surrounding yourself with other individuals with similar interests contributes to an unbreakable bond.
With the good comes the bad. College removes many barriers and opens opportunities for advancing while also stripping away caution tapes and cushions for mistakes. More than once I recall being put in tough situations where under normal circumstances, an adult or guardian figure would step in. Having to consistently deal with emotional, situational, and even physical stress to perform at a high level is difficult alone.
For these reasons, finding the right community is crucial for success. Having friends motivate and work you through tough times can boost your confidence and happiness. While coding until 6 am is never fun, the moments of joy and satisfaction afterward amongst your team is an unforgettable memory.
My final note to those who wish to learn more about college is that everyone has dramatically different experiences. While I am concentrating in finance, my second major in computer science puts my career and college experiences on a different path than many other business majors. Most important of all is to recognize how each individual has unique experiences – in these four years, almost anything can happen. If a student can understand this general yet crucial statement, then college will be an opportunity unlike any other.