Writing College Life in NYC: A Journey in Reading and Writing

July 22-August 1, 2024 Rose Hill

3 credits

In this course, students develop writing and reflective thinking skills through an exploration - literary, music, arts and otherwise - of this dynamic and diverse city. By exploring our differences and identifying common ground in NYC through writing, reading, and outings, we will come to reflect on what makes each Summer Leaders Academy student unique in their college journey and what makes a college community.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Develop a critical awareness of different genres of traditional and multimedia writing, including short stories, poetry, essays, journalism, and visual arts.
  • Turn personal experiences in, and feelings about, NYC into bigger reflections on wider social and historical context through journal writing.
  • Interpret New York's City cultural landscape critically and reflect on how their unique insights about the city can contribute to their sense of belonging and learning experience at Fordham.
  • Understand the interdisciplinary work and research at Fordham by introducing students to different forms of media. 
  • Cultivate aesthetic appreciation of cultures and subcultures and solidify students' identity as compassionate global citizens.

Overall Takeaways

Being in a new environment can be a daunting challenge. Through this writing and reading course, which involves in-person engagement with the city, students will learn how to adjust themselves in their college life while also learning key ideas and techniques used in various writing styles. 

Instructor Bio

Wing Tan Lai

Wing Tan Lai is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. She gained her master’s degree in English at Oxford University. Apart from her passion for writing and reading, she is an amateur photographer and loves capturing mundane but humane moments in NYC. She has abundant experience in teaching undergraduate writing. 

Course Details

Writing College Life in NYC: A Journey in Reading and Writing
July 22-August 1, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
3 credits
Rose Hill Campus
Instructor: Wing Tan Lai

Course Number: IDIS 1101 RP2
CRN: 15874

Please note that this is a college course and that Fordham students may also be enrolled, which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about life at Fordham.


Residential: $4,450.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, July 21, 2024 and move-out is Friday, August 2, 2024 by noon. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Commuter: $3,500.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024.

Application Requirements: this credit-bearing course is primarily for rising high school seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Rising juniors may apply with a letter of recommendation in addition to the documents below. 

The course will be graded with letter grades, but you may opt to take the grade for pass/fail or audit by emailing [email protected] after the first class meeting. 

To apply, you will need an analytical (not creative or personal) writing sample from a class, your high school transcript, and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!