The following is North alumna Mallika Chandorkar’s response to our questions about her college decision process, the student life and culture at Fordham University, and more.

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Chandorkar graduated from North in 2019. She is a part of Fordham University’s class of 2023.

I always knew I wanted to attend a city school, so Fordham at the Lincoln Center campus being right in Manhattan really appealed to me. The Lincoln Center campus, in particular, has a pretty small population of students, and our class sizes reflect this, which was something really appealing to me.

I love being in college, and I’m really happy I chose Fordham. I’ve gotten homesick before, but it was one of the things that was easy to adjust to for me, personally. From home, I mostly miss my friends from high school, since it’s sometimes more difficult to match schedules and meet in person now that we’re all in college.

My favorite thing about Fordham at Lincoln Center is definitely the location of the school. Being in NYC, there’s always something to do, and there are so many opportunities available. I also really appreciate the professors at Fordham. Because of how small classes are, I’ve gotten to know all of my professors and feel really comfortable with asking questions, getting advice, or just to talk over coffee.

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 I think the hardest part about Fordham is the initial adjustment period to being in such a small school in a huge city. City life and culture is very different from the suburban life that I was used to, so, while I enjoy it, there was definitely an adjustment time.

Fordham at Lincoln Center has a really unique culture, in my opinion. Because we aren’t really a traditional campus, a lot of things that are usually in college life like sports or Greek life, for example, do not exist at all at Lincoln Center. Fordham also has two main campuses⁠—one in Manhattan (Lincoln Center) and a larger, more traditional campus in the Bronx (Rose Hill). Both campuses have really different cultures, but a lot of students take classes at both campuses and there’s plenty of opportunities to go between the campuses, so it’s interesting to have that extension of our university.

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