Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Afton Cissell

Media, Culture, and Communication

Community service activity I'm most proud of:
Organizing a toy drive for German orphans in high school
Dream study abroad location:
Guilty pleasure:
Brownies and One Tree Hill
Why I chose this program:
I wanted to learn how to inform people about the subjects i'm passionate about
Childhood ambition:
UN diplomat
Biggest challenge:
Science classes
Hidden talent:
I can eat more Oreos than anyone I know
My favorite place to have coffee around NYU:
I actually don't drink coffee, but the chai tea at Mud is amazing
A book from class I would never sell back:
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
My dream job when I graduate:
United Nations Department of Public Information
Best vacation:
Spring break road trip in Ireland with my family
I would like to be remembered for my:
fascination with Liberia
Most influential person during my college career at NYU:
Professor Michelle Fawcett
What I do to de-stress:
Take a shower, eat pizza, and watch reruns
If I could have lunch with any person, dead or alive, I'd choose:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Background Information

Where you grew up:
I moved around- Germany, NC, GA, Germany again
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
High School Valedictorian, Clio Award for greatest contribution and participation in my high school Social Studies department, various awards from classes in high school and for volunteer efforts, National Honor Society President in high school, Senior Class President in high school, Who's Who Amongst High School Students, various awards for participation in political and leadership seminars
Community Service and Other Activities:
Organized a toy drive for German orphans in high school, volunteer in various elementary school classrooms my entire life, created a News Show Club for an elementary school while in high school, Spring Break service project in Slovakia during high school to tutor students in English and build a gazebo for them, various activities through NYU such as making care packages, going to soup kitchens, and making cards for children in hospitals