Disillusioned by college life, which seemed as much about attending beer-laden fraternity parties as it was about getting an education, Thea Goldberg, 20, transferred from American University, a private school in Washington, into the honors program at City College of New York, a public school in Harlem.
Katja Dubinsky, 23, for whom a $40,000-per-year college education was never an option, moved from Israel to New York to enroll in City College's prestigious architecture program.
And Sergio Kadinsky, 21, an artist and student journalist who emigrated from Latvia to Queens 13 years ago, turned down the chance to attend private art schools in favor of a more broad-based, and a much cheaper, education at CCNY.
Goldberg, Dubinsky, and Kadinsky are among several hundred students reviving the Jewish presence at CCNY, once the intellectual hub for borough-bred Jews striving to realize their parents' immigrant dreams.
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