I moved to New York from Maryland to study at NYU. I am a sophomore in the Liberal Studies Core Program and plan to double major in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies. I chose LS because of its small class sizes, which I thought was beneficial especially when learning topics that demand discussion, like philosophy in both Social Foundations and Cultural Foundations. For the first year in the Core Program students choose one elective class and take three core curriculum classes -- Social Foundations I, Cultural Foundations I, and Writing I. These three LS classes cover a wide variety of topics in which everyone can find something of interest. This allows students to complete requirements while also allowing some room for them to explore specific topics and subject areas that interest them. The core curriculum classes allowed me to learn about art history and ancient Chinese divination rituals all in the same semester, something I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to learn about outside of LS were I only concentrating on politics and Middle Eastern Studies. Personally my two favorite LS classes freshman year were Social Foundations II and Writing II. Social Foundations II covered a lot of philosophy, principles of government, and various ways of ruling, which aligns well with my course of study, political science. I really liked my writing class second semester because instead of writing traditional essays, my professor encouraged us to write collage essays using different social media apps like Tumblr and Instagram.