Meet one of our amazing Assistant Directors of Admission, David Estrella! David works across many projects in the admission office, and is unique in that he’s located remotely in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read on to learn more about David, his must-sees when in NYC, and his favorite pastimes outside of work!
Where are you from?
I was born in Mexico City but spent most of my childhood in Tucson, Arizona.
What brought you to TC?
My spouse got a job at TC and came home one night and said, “You know, TC is hiring in Admissions…” and so the TC journey began. I’ve been employed at TC now for close to 20 years.
What is your position in the Admission Office? What kind of projects do you work on?
I’m an Assistant Director of Admission. My position is unique in that I’m located in Las Vegas, NV, so I’m completely remote. I’ve worked on several projects over the years. Currently, I am focused on system efficiencies with our application system and cultivating TC Alumni engagement for our in-person and virtual events. It’s always a treat to catch up with TC alums I’ve known over the years and hear how they are living up to TC’s True Change in their professions.
What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus or in Morningside Heights?
I like to head over to Riverside Park, especially in the fall. From the park, you get a great view of the Hudson River, and I enjoy the fall foliage. But what really gets me to the park are all the dog walkers. Large, medium, and small — if you like dogs, you’ll see them all at the park.
What is your favorite food in NYC?
A great benefit of living in NYC is having the world’s culinary options at your fingertips. I certainly take advantage of these options when I’m in town. Whether it’s Cuban, Peruvian, Ethiopian, Greek, Chinese, or Italian — sometimes the hardest part of eating out is deciding what to eat. I enjoy it all!
If someone only had one day to spend in the city, what would you tell them they must do?
NYC has so much to offer, and I’ve had several friends visit with an extensive list of things they want to see. Over time, you get to know what really can be done in a day, and it’s usually only a few things off the list. I always try to fit in Central Park as a must when in NYC. And I’m always up for taking in a show on Broadway, off-Broadway, or the symphony or opera at the MET. If they are up for it, I always recommend a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a must-see for sure.
What is your favorite activity to do outside of work?
I do enjoy the performing arts, so I try to take in as many symphony, chamber, organ, and opera performances as I can. I also love the outdoors and often go for long walks on nature trails to enjoy the scenery.