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Jyo Fernandes


Jyo Fernandes is a first year student studying at New York University.

Having completed her first semester, she cant't wait to begin to spend another five months in the Big Apple. Currently undecided in her major she is enjoying sampling the diverse offerings of the Liberal Arts degree. Although, as with most people who love to write, a major interest is reading and all literature-related material. Her favourite book of all time remains Joseph Heller’s masterpiece “Catch 22”, for its eccentric lovability and its warped black sense of humour. In addition, her other passions include sport, and baking, the former for which she represented her school in hockey, netball and tennis. The latter, however, remains a secret pride, as she has recently created a show stopping lemon meringue pie, that not only looked b-e-a-utiful but tasted delicious.

Although still young and relatively experience-less, Jyo is certain that this won’t hinder her for too long in her aspirations to one day become a writer, on a journey to which, this blog marks the first teensy tiny baby step.

A Liberal Arts Education

Overall, the liberal arts degree is a godsend. Without a doubt, the positives outweigh any negatives. Sure, you still have to choose a concentration, but that added year or two, where you have a whole university's resources at your feet, makes all the difference.
26/01/2015 15:28 GMT

First Semester Completed

How do you put into words the awesome experience of college, and particularly college in New York? When I first moved to the city, I, along with other nervous freshmen, would tentatively venture out. We would look in awe at the fleets of yellow taxis, crane our necks at the beautiful East Village buildings and admire the outlandish confidence of its residents.
29/12/2014 02:29 GMT

What I Learned From Welcome Week

Welcome Week is not Freshers. There will not be a schedule of going out, getting wasted, sleeping till three and then doing it all again. Rather, Welcome week is the conservative American cousin...
21/11/2014 12:42 GMT

NYU Welcome Week Day 1

Despite being freshmen, there is no freshers. In its place lies its politer transatlantic cousin "Welcome Week". This five day festival of school pride contains over five hundred events ultimately designed to create mingling environments, and ease us all into university and city life...
15/09/2014 15:30 BST

NYU: Move-in Day

It had been a pretty average day. Tying up the laces of my trainer, ready for an evening run I received an email on my phone. At around 8PM I assumed it was probably another pointless message from some brand I had unwittingly subscribed to, and as my finger poised to sweep it into the virtual rubbish bin; I saw the title "NYU Admissions Decision".
08/09/2014 13:14 BST

The Perks of Being a Sales Assistant

In a previous chapter of my relatively short life, I imagined that sales assistants were super cool. These were the fashionable swans that glided fashionably around stores, chattering and laughing - an enviable occupation. Oh, how naïve I was...
04/02/2014 12:14 GMT

Gap Year Planning

I recently wrote about my decision to take a gap year. As I detailed, the reasons were varied but all concluded that this was the best choice for me. However, the question of why was much easier to answer than that of what - what should I do?
16/09/2013 12:24 BST

Gap Year

I googled "gap year" in the hope of demystifying the whole concept. Indeed, my impression of "taking a year out" was ranged from the boring (bumming around all year with no purpose) to the wild (hopping from continent to continent)
10/09/2013 14:04 BST

Growing Up Pains

Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. This was a story that charmed millions of children and adults alike as they witnessed the escapades and adventures of an everlasting childhood. It was also one that I, upon watching it for the first time, was unable to understand. Never grow up?
19/08/2013 15:55 BST

Non-Uniform Day

Girls of all ages descend into pandemonium, and the most frequently asked phrase is "What are you wearing?" the date, time, place is not necessary to add, everybody knows what is meant. Everybody, that is with the exception of the male population.
29/10/2012 12:21 GMT

The Personal Statement

The personal statement in a nutshell; modestly advertising yourself as an indispensable future undergraduate. It's painful to write. Recently, I have been allotting myself certain times of the day to sit and write the dreaded thing. This sounds productive, and I am probably displaying key time management skills that would make me an excellent candidate for my chosen course.
09/10/2012 10:28 BST

GCSEs, a Student's Perspective

The problem in this debate is that the students are being overlooked. They are not simply statistics, quotas of certain grades that must be filled, or Gove's pawns to be pushed around on a political playing field.
17/09/2012 13:36 BST

First Day of School Jitters

Remember when you were in year seven? And you used to wonder at those sixth formers who didn't seem to care about talking to the opposite sex, or who used to skip the lunch queue, or, gasp, didn't even seem to be afraid of the teachers!
11/09/2012 11:52 BST