Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Pauline Ma

Media, Culture, and Communication

What I do to de-stress:
Go to the gym, listen to Josh Groban, take a long, hot shower
I would like to be remembered for my:
passionate nature and dedication to hard work
My favorite course at NYU:
Public Speaking
Community service activity I'm most proud of:
EXPO Annual Benefit Fashion Show
After I graduate, I:
plan to live in Beijing, China for a year to further improve my Chinese proficiency.
Why I chose this program at NYU Steinhardt:
Communications allows me to be in constant interaction with people, which I love, in addition to keeping many doors open in terms of possible career paths I can take with the degree.
A book from class I would never sell back:
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
My inspiration:
My mother - formerly a professional actress, she came to the U.S. to study pattern-making. Stellar chef, Chinese school teacher, Chinese painting student...she is fearless and she does it all, on top of being an amazing mother and homemaker.
My favorite place to study around NYU:
Kimmel 8th floor lounge
If I took a year off from my current life, I would:
Live in Paris for half of the year and travel to Italy, India, Greece, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia the rest of the year.
Prized possession:
A diamond ring from my grandmother that looks similar to my mother's engagement ring
The professor who influenced me the most:
Professor Ted Magder

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Marlboro, NJ
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
High school: National Honor Society, French Language Honor Society, Frederic Chopin Music Award Current: Dean's List
Community Service and Other Activities:
i'm active in the community in quite a nontraditional way. As Co-President of the NYU Modeling Club, I produce and participate in fashion-related events that help raise money for charity and spread awareness about important causes. EXPO 2010 Executive Producer EXPO 2009 - www.nyuexpo2009.com; all proceeds raised for the Room to Read Foundation. (04/25/09) PR Committee Member and model/dancer AuH2Obama Fashion Show - on behalf of AuH2O and Patricia Alonzo Jewelry, to help raise money to donate to the Obama campaign. (10/24/08) Model Iranian Jewish Club Fashion Show 2008 - to raise money to support the troops. (11/15/08) Model , Teresa Taiyi Li's spring debut - charity fashion show to raise funds for the American Heart Association (4/4/08) Model YUAN 2008: "Silk and Broadway" (4/26/08) Model