Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Deborah Nixon

String Studies

Three things I have with me at all times:
my planner, cellphone, and ipod
My inspiration:
people who are always intellectually curious and open-minded
My prized possession:
my violin
After I graduate, I:
hope to perform and teach privately.
The longest it took me to write a paper:
It probably only a couple hours of actual writing time. However, if you count the days between getting the assignment, doing the original planning/outline, and the time spent thinking about the paper while trying to avoid writing it, then you have quite a different result.
Best course at NYU:
Outside violin lessons and chamber music, I enjoyed my beginning French course and my World Cultures course (History of Islam). Alexander Technique lessons have also been a great help to me, making me more aware of how to use my body efficiently and effectively.
Why I chose this program:
I mainly came to NYU to study with my violin professor while enjoying the variety of liberal arts courses the university has to offer.
Favorite Book (please include author):
There are too many to choose from! I do enjoy The Calling of Katie Makanya by Margaret McCord, Edmond Rostrand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Agatha Christie mysteries, and of course J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. i'm currently in the middle of the Arabian Nights, which I'd highly recommend.
The professor who has influenced me the most:
Naoko Tanaka--my violin professor
Most adventurous thing I've ever done:
When I was 16, I took my solo flight as a student pilot. Granted, it was only around the airport, but it was still an exhilarating experience!
If I took a year off from my current life, I would:
Travel the world
Favorite study spot at NYU:
Aside from my dorm room, I'd have to say Starbucks or Pless Hall lounge.
Worst job I've ever had:

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Peoria, IL
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
I have made the Dean's List and performed in the Steinhardt at Saklad Chamber Music Series and as a member of the NYU Symphony. Outside NYU, I am active in the Brooklyn-based One World Symphony. Over the summers, I study and perform in music festivals--most recently the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.