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Suzanne Exposito, Literary Studies, Writing Concentration
1. Why did you choose Lang?
I chose Lang because of the variety in courses, its location, and the small class sizes. The seminar-style classes provide students with a more personal, discussion-based education that integrates multiple perspectives.
2. What is unique about Lang?
The way the school utilizes the city as a learning environment. The city has many different resources to offer, and Lang encourages students to go out and explore them.
3. Tell us about a memorable or interesting class experience.
My first semester at Lang, my Writing the Essay course was based on experimental performance. On our last day, our grand finale was to stage a happening in Union Square park where we all brought secrets, written by ourselves or others, and traded them with classmates in order to make posters from them. Some of the secrets were simple, some were thematic. We taped our mouths shut, wore the posters, and stood in a straight line while people walked up to us to read them. Some people even shared secrets of their own; others tried to make us laugh through the tape. It was a lot of fun.
4. Why did you choose your major and what do you hope to do after graduation?
I major in creative writing, with a gender studies focus. After graduation, I’d like to write for a feminist publication and work for a non-profit organization specifically geared towards women’s rights or queer rights. I’m also considering getting a master’s in visual narrative, so that eventually I can write my own graphic novels that focus on girlhood.
5. How do you think Lang has or will prepare you for life after graduation?
Lang has encouraged me to delve into the opportunities the city offers, and to start networking so that I know the right people after I graduate.
6. How has Lang challenged you, your opinions, and your idea of yourself?
I started to really think about what it means to be political, and I began to understand the real meaning of inquiry. Being in a politically charged environment, I’m more apt to analyze both sides of issues vigorously.
Favorite books? The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir; The Virgin Suicides, by Jefferey Eugenides; Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, by bell hooks.
Favorite films? Amelie, High Fidelity, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Favorite TV shows? Arrested Development.
Favorite music? ’60s garage bands and ’70s punk (or classic rock, funk and soul—the ’60s and ’70s were great!). ’80s new wave, ’90s indie rock. I’m an amateur rock historian.
Favorite museum? MoMA.
Favorite café? The Bean on 6th Avenue.
Favorite spot in NYC? 8th Street and St. Mark’s Place. The actual street is washed up, but the people are fantastic. I also like to watch the sunrise from Clark Street in Brooklyn, or sing with street performers in Washington Square Park.
Super hero name? Suzy X.
Embarrassing moment? I dated a guy from another debate team last year, and broke up with him at a debate tournament at Binghamton University. Twenty minutes after dumping him, I had to debate against him…and I lost. The most embarrassing part about this was walking into the cafeteria and admitting my loss to my whole team. And then admitting that that round was the first round he had won all year.