Jeanny Gonzalez-Fajardo Nelson

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Jeanny Gonzalez-Fajardo Nelson, Liberal Arts

1. Tell us about a memorable or interesting class experience.
My first semester I was sitting in a class and I realized that every person in the class was from a different country.

2. Why did you choose your major and what do you hope to do after graduation?
I chose to create my own liberal arts major, Journalism and International Studies. I don’t really know what I want to do once I graduate but there are many fields I would like to try. I’m interested in journalism, film, documentaries, and education.

3. How has Lang challenged you, your opinions, and your idea of yourself?
Going to college in New York has a definite maturing effect on people. I have been here for a little over a year and feel miles away from where I started. I came here not knowing exactly what I wanted—and I’m not sure that I know now—but the range of possibilities I see myself involved with has grown tremendously.

4. What has Lang offered you beyond the classroom? How has that enriched your education?
This semester I had the opportunity to participate in an early education program by going to a public school in Washington Heights and helping first graders practice their reading. It has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have ever done.

5. How do you take advantage of life in New York City?
I love having the freedom to go do and see anything I want, things that have nothing to do with school. Museums, plays, shows, and even classes outside of Lang are great options. I like walking around the city and taking photographs, going to movies and cafés, and, when I have the chance, taking dance classes in different studios in the city. When you’re on a traditional campus, school becomes the only thing in your life. Here you can have school as just one part of your life.

6. Anything else we should know about you and your Lang experience?
In January 2009 I had the chance to go to Cambodia with Lang in a unique program that had a great impact on me. I would recommend it to almost anyone.

Favorite books? El Amor en los tiempos del cólera, by Gabriel García Márquez; Aura, by Carlos Fuentes; Instrucciones para vivir en México, by Jorge Ibargüengoitia; Coyotes, by Ted Conover.

Favorite films? Cidade de Deus, Run Lola Run, War Lord.

Favorite TV shows? House, Lost, Damages.

Favorite music? Pearl Jam, Beatles, Jack Johnson, Fiona Apple, Nirvana, Sound Garden, etc.

Favorite museum? The International Center of Photography.

Favorite café? Thé Adoré