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Stern Singles Presents: Sam Shaughnessy4 min read

The Oppy staff wants to start up a new feature for the paper called “Stern Singles” showcasing members of the student body and what makes them the incredible individuals they are. 

For our inaugural subjects of Stern Singles, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, and my love for Pilot Pete, we are proud to present NYU Stern’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Sam Shaughnessy.

Sam is a southern gentleman in every sense of the word. Born and raised in Tennessee, he was voted “Best to take Home to Mom and Dad” in high school. Well Sam, you’ve crossed a new horizon. Sam hit the NYU Stern scene smoother than honeydew rind water, starting in Spring 2019. After graduating he’s looking to work in innovation and intrapreneurship within the tech industry. Not to mention, he can grow a killer mustache. 

Sternie Testimonials:

“Sam is great because I can walk into an event and immediately know if he’s there. He has this energy, this presence. Plus he’s super cute.”

Alternate versions of this sentiment have been echoed, some expressing Sam has what’s called in academic communities: “tractor beam smile”

“Sam’s a piece of work, but he’s a work of art”

That’s vague AND intriguing.

We sat down with Sam to ask him some questions about himself and his experience at NYU. 

What do you do?

“I work at NYU, more specifically within career services at the Wasserman Center.”

What brought you to Stern?

“Susan Greenbaum, now Dean of NYU’s School of Professional Studies, was my interim supervisor at the Wasserman Center for a short period. During a one on one meeting she encouraged me to apply. I’d always been interested in the program but didn’t have the confidence to apply until that conversation.”

What excited you most about coming here?

“I’m highly competitive and believe in a growth mindset. The challenge of pushing myself intellectually as well as juggling social, personal, and work calendars keeps me motivated.”

What’s been your favorite part about the program?

“The people. I didn’t anticipate connecting with so many others as quickly as I have.”

What’s your favorite aspect of the people/culture at Stern?

“Sternies are easy to get along with, we’re all in this together and whenever I’ve needed help I’ve been able to find it.”

Sam is never one to shy away from a challenge, be it dodgeball, a board game, bake off, dance off, etc., “I’m here to win.” He does know when to put down the sword however. “I’m really close with my family. I talk to or see each of them at least once a week. We may have different beliefs (and vote for different parties…) but we still have the maturity to have conversations rather than fights.” Similar to taking a first date to an escape the room, watching how one fights with their family about Stacey Abrams and gun control is a great indicator to your future arguments. 

Fire Round, ready?

“Absolutely, I love a challenge.”

Favorite class (so far)?

“Firms and Markets, though excited to move beyond core classes this spring.”

Favorite Professor (so far)?

“Pugel- The subject matter was out of my wheelhouse but he pushed me harder than any other professor while making lessons digestible.” 

Favorite mid-90’s/early 2000s music act?

OutKast- Hey Ya!, Ms. Jackson, Roses. All forever classics in my book. 

You spottieottiedopaliscious angel, Favorite NYC bar?

“Near work the Belfry– great happy hour (1/2 priced bottles of wine), good atmosphere (plants and candles), and one block from work. 

Near home Mama Tried– Good local beer selection, Jukebox, patio for nice weather, and still has that “undiscovered best of brooklyn” feeling.”

Picklebacks and Merle Haggard? So southern it hurts. 

Okay, favorite date spot?

Rosie’s in the East Village- Everyone loves Mexican (or else we wouldn’t be on a date), margaritas are prime, bar hopping selection is great if everything’s going well and if not I can always watch the fresh tortillas being made.”

Favorite song to dance to?

“Ever since I saw Tame Impala at MSG “The Less I Know The Better” maintains a spot on my cooking/cleaning/kitchen dancing playlist.” 

How do you drink your coffee?

“Iced Latte (oatmilk) and not until noon.”

Controversial choice, but I’m a fan. Last but not least, What am I not asking that the people need to know?

“Must love dogs. I’m a proud dog dad and DeeDee (my miniature dachshund) will likely (100%) come up in conversation.” 

Well there you have it folks, just a man and his daschund trying to change the world. Give Mr. Shaugnessy a shout if you see him in class. 

If you would like to nominate a classmate for future features of the Stern Spotlight, please email the Oppy staff at [email protected]

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