Why the US? – Ashley Rowen Ng (New York University ’21)


Everyone seems to know what they want to do in life – or do they? I’ve struggled with determining my strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes for the longest time. I could never fix my mind on something without either losing interest or giving up. Why am I the only one who doesn’t know what they want? What’s wrong with me? 

I’m fickle-minded, confused, and inexperienced. But that’s okay. 

Freshman year of college: I find myself in a foreign country, studying something I was mediocrely interested in. I met an array of people from various ethnicities and backgrounds, each with their own fascinating habits and mannerisms. I attended lectures in huge halls occupied by hundreds of students. I ate at the dining halls and just like any other freshman, was initially intrigued by the vast variety of food but despised it after a mere two weeks. I hung out on the quad with my roommates and decided to get a suntan in midst of finals. But the biggest and most important takeaway I got from my first year of college in the US, was that I could study whatever I wanted to or even change my major every week until I finally found something I truly enjoyed.

Today, I wake up to the honks and screams of NYC, have the luxury of studying with the incredible view of the Manhattan skyline, and most of all discovered my true passion for sports management.