Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Alison Hoffman

Studio Art

Community service activity I'm most proud of:
Teaching English in an orphanage in southern India
Dream study abroad location:
I hope to go to Shanghai this fall
Guilty pleasure:
I eat frozen yogurt almost every day...and I love Twilight
Why I chose this program:
It has the perfect mix of theory and practice and, of course, it is in New York City
Childhood ambition:
To be a famous actress
Biggest challenge:
Probably adjusting to New York...or my AP US History class in high school
Hidden talent:
I love cooking and baking
My favorite place to have coffee around NYU:
I always get coffee from random delis around the village
A book from class I would never sell back:
The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio
My dream job when I graduate:
Creative Director for a crazy, avant-garde fashion magazine
Best vacation:
Building houses in Nicaragua with my family
I would like to be remembered for my:
Artistic creativity and passion
Most influential person during my college career at NYU:
My Visual Arts Praxis teacher, Michael Cohen, pushed me to think very hard about the intent behind my art
What I do to de-stress:
Take a really long walk around the city
If I could have lunch with any person, dead or alive, I'd choose:
Allen Ginsberg

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Freshman art award, sophomore theater award, junior art award, senior prize in art, Gold Key art portfolio in The Boston Globe's Scholastic Art Awards, honor roll/high honors throughout high school, honor level grades at NYU
Community Service and Other Activities:
I spent 3 weeks, in the summer after my junior year of high school, teaching english in an orphanage in southern India. I spent three months during my senior year of high school (as an after-school commitment) teaching art to underprivileged children with no access to art education. I traveled to Nicaragua with my family to build houses for impoverished Nicaraguan people.