December 16, 2021

DAUS Student Spotlight: Wanda Bryce

By Wanda Bryce, BA Media Studies, ‘25

For prospective students deciding to complete their degree at the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS), there’s usually nothing more valuable than hearing directly from our students about what brought them to DAUS and how they are managing the demands of balancing work, school, and other life’s commitments.


As a Media Studies major, I intend to grasp a comprehensive understanding of the media industry, specifically the entertainment and communication sectors. My goals after graduation include pursuing a career in the film industry as a screenwriter and director, as well as  continuing my education at the graduate level, where I hope to study Cognitive Psychology.  

I initially heard about NYU School of Professional Studies from a former academic advisor at a previous institution. He was certain that SPS would be an ideal fit for me, so I did some research. As a result, I quickly fell in love with the programs and the structure of the school. I chose DAUS (the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies) because the majors and programs aligned with my passion and academic interests. Choosing DAUS was one of the best decisions I could’ve made.

One of my biggest challenges this semester has been coping with the combined demands of work and school. I am currently employed full-time, so being a full-time student has proven to be difficult. Nonetheless, I try to maintain balance by using a planner. It sounds simple, but it’s one of those 'small axes that cut down big trees' kind of thing. My planner helps me strategize and prioritize tasks and projects, stick to deadlines, and allot time for rest.

Due to my hectic work-school schedule, I haven’t had the opportunity to commit to any clubs or organizations this semester, but I do hope to change that in the coming months. Since I am a transfer student, I am a part of CCTOP, which is an enriching and fun space that has greatly helped me with my transition. 

I genuinely love and enjoy all my courses this semester. I am taking 18 credits, so the workload can feel overwhelming at times. But I love that I am being challenged and that I am learning so much. My favorite class is Understanding Media with Professor Chyng Sun. She does an excellent job explaining the material. More importantly, she shows a genuine interest in my well-being as a student and person, and I value that. She (and all my professors)  sincerely care about my success!

Chyng F. Sun, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Media Studies and co-coordinator of the Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Sciences program at DAUS. She teaches courses, The Language of Contemporary Images and Understanding Media. She is the creator of the documentary film, Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood, and Corporate Power.

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