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Alex Vadukul, Literary Studies, Writing Concentration
1. What is unique about Lang?
Its size for starters, and all the students are unique, for better or for worse. The courses offered are interesting and diverse, and many of the teachers are working professionals who I admire outside of class.
2. Tell us about a memorable or interesting class experience.
My teachers invited Ian Frazier and Ted Conover to my journalism class. They’re both writers I respect and admire immensely, so it was great to meet them.
3. How has Lang challenged you, your opinions, and your idea of yourself?
It’s funny because I came to Lang from an extremely different academic background, a jacket and tie private high school, so the change was immense. It took me a while to adjust. I wasn’t used to the academic freedom at Lang and I’d never been around so many zany and artistic people. I feel I’ve become more relaxed and understanding while at Lang.
4. How do you take advantage of life in New York City?
My favorite thing about New York is just being able to go out. As a writer, the second I step outside of my house I’m given dozens of stories to work with.
5. Is there a faculty member you’ve gotten to know well? How has Lang allowed you to get to know and work with your professors beyond simply seeing them in class?
My journalism professor helped me develop a passion for journalism. I’d always loved writing but I didn’t know where to direct it. At the start of sophomore year I realized I was really no good at writing fiction, so maybe I should try something else. I took her intro journalism class and found that I really enjoyed the idea of being a journalist. I started writing for the student newspaper, I got a magazine internship, and I started covering and pitching stories on my own. I intend to keep her as a close friend and as someone I can count on for sound advice.
Favorite books? The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Heat, by Bill Buford; Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck; A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemmingway; Hell’s Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson.
Favorite films? Barton Fink, Midnight Cowboy, Akira, Delicatessen, Repo Man, Eraserhead, Fargo.
Favorite music? The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Pulp, The Smiths, Pat Metheny, The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Jeff Beck.
Favorite museum? The MoMA, but the Met is great too.
Favorite spot in NYC? Very difficult, but I’d have to say Central Park.