Beginning at Wagner

Getting Started

This phase refers to the period that begins with your intention to enroll at NYU Wagner and ends just prior to the start of class. It is a phase marked by transitions, and involves significant preparation for what's about to come.
Key Questions

While at Wagner *

Learning the Ropes

Once classes begin, you will encounter many "firsts": first day of class, first homework assignment, first exam, first advisement session, etc. During this phase, you will learn how to navigate the school environment while balancing course work and extracurricular activities.

Making Headway

By this phase, you will have managed to find your academic rhythm, and have a stronger sense of what you would like to do after graduation. You will be more focused on taking advantage of what Wagner offers that may be relevant to your trajectory, but still have a number of unanswered questions in mind.

Full Steam Ahead

During this phase, you are extremely intentional about your remaining time at Wagner. You are confident about the choices you are making and know what you need to accomplish before leaving Wagner. With graduation in sight, you are ready to prepare for life after school.
*Non-Sequential (Students can move between phases throughout their time at Wagner)
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Fathoming the Depths

After graduating, you have the benefit of both time and distance to reflect back on-and appreciate-your overall experiences at Wagner. Furthermore, applying your learnings from school to the professional world allow you to asses the choices you've made throughout your time here.
  • What do I make of my experience at Wagner?
  • How am I different now relative to where I was before school?
  • What do I now realize about my experiences at Wagner that I didn't necessarily see then?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I miss the most?
  • Did I make the right choices?
  • What do I wish I would have done differently? Do I have any regrets?
  • What piece of advice would I give to someone considering Wagner? A current student?
  • Would I hire a Wagner graduate?
  • What does it mean to be a Wagner student for life? How can I give back?