Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz - New York University


In the past year at NYU, I have gone to school both in Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York City. Living in Buenos Aires for the Spring semester of my sophomore year was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Along with working on my Spanish fluency, I learned the rich and complex history of Argentina through my NYU courses, befriending locals, and traveling to surrounding provinces. I was especially enthralled by a class taught by an Argentine local, called Queer Cultures and Democracy. It was in that class where I learned about the 1980s and 1990s AIDS/HIV crises that happened simultaneously in Argentina and the United States, and the incredible activism that took place to fight for the rights and lives of LGBTQ people.

Once back in New York City for the Fall semester of my junior year, I was immersed in my social work curriculum, taking classes such as “Human Behavior in the Social Environment,” “Homelessness in Perspective,” and “Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege.” In these past few months, I have learned an immense amount about the social work profession and my place and responsibility within it. I feel humbled and empowered to continue on this path to help as many people as I can. All of this would not be possible without the generosity of MVYouth. Thank you so very much.

Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz - New York University

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The past year at NYU has been one of reckoning and growth. I’ve not only gained knowledge in the classroom, but also an immense amount of intellectual thought and discussion in the bustling environment of New York City. In the early spring of 2017, I began an internship at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defense office which provides services to lower-income people living in the South Bronx. This experience has taught me a great deal about the integrity, determination, and patience I will need to have as a social worker moving forward, especially if I choose to work in criminal justice reform. In accordance to working at The Bronx Defenders, I am engrossed in my studies. This fall I’ve been taking a journalism course - investigating the complexities of news, media, and journalism in the past and present. I’ve enjoyed this class so much that I’ve decided to concentrate in journalism, alongside majoring in social work. Next semester, I’m planning to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I hope to cultivate fluency in the Spanish language and Argentine culture. This incredible opportunity would not be a reality for me if it wasn’t for the generosity of MVYouth. Thank you.

Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz - New York University

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I always knew I loved visiting New York City as a kid, and living here for the past five months has solidified that love within me. During the week I spend many hours in NYU’s gorgeous Bobst Library where I travel up to the 8th floor study room and look out onto the sprawling city scape - the Washington Square Arch, Chrysler building, and Empire State building all within view. I also volunteer at the Hebrew Union College soup kitchen, just a couple blocks from campus and help with the publishing of the Minetta Review, one of NYU’s literary magazines. NYU’s Silver School of Social Work has been a warm and welcoming community that I’m so honored to be a part of. Along with the amazing resources NYU offers, I’ve also explored the amazing resources of the city - some of my favorites being trips to the MET, a Claudia Rankine reading, and seeing the play Party People at the Public Theatre. I never imagined that NYU would be such a perfect fit for my education. And there is no way I would’ve found that out without the immense generosity of MVYouth. Thank you.