Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Kevin Gotkin

Media, Culture, & Communication

Three things I have with me at all times:
A journal, a felt-tip pen, and this week's copy of The New Yorker.
My inspiration:
The streets of New York.
My prized possession:
My personal "library" of books that takes up almost half of my room, sometimes less when I loan out various copies to friends.
After I graduate, I:
will attend one flavor or another of graduate school.
The longest it took me to write a paper:
6 months - in preparation for the Conference of Undergraduate Student Research involving months of gathring evidence.
Best course at NYU:
Dead Media Research Studio.
Why I chose this program:
The high level of media theory involved in my studies. It allows me to run wild with ideas, but market myself for internships and jobs.
Favorite Book (please include author):
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut.
The professor who has influenced me the most:
My freshman-year expository writing professor, Noel Sikorski, who continues to push me to think boundlessly.
Most adventurous thing I've ever done:
Meet with Parisian hackers in search of answers for a global media studies class I took while studying abroad.
If I took a year off from my current life, I would:
Create a curriculum for my life: travel the world chasing scholars and authors to learn about everything I never knew.
Favorite study spot at NYU:
Pless Hall Lounge - big windows, little noise, and lots of space.
Worst job I've ever had:
Being the assistant to a former Hollywood film producer. Getting Pinkberry and making his lunch every day was never in the job description.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Steinhardt Scholars Program Dean's Research Travel Colloquium Dean's Grant for Undergraduate Student Research Dean's List
Community Service and Other Activities:
Team Leader & Planning Committee Member for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards HIV Testing Counselor at the Gay Men's Health Crisis Teacher at the NYU High School Law Institute