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Global Peers: Madrid

Hola amigos! I am Meghan Hunter, a Global Peer Career Educator in Madrid, Spain this semester! I’m a sophomore in the Stern School of Business where I am planning to double major in Finance and Business Economics. Just like anything else abroad, working towards my career and lining up work for the summer has been a different process than I’m used to. As I’ve suggested to my peers, I have had to start looking for work early. In doing so, I’ve conducted both Skype and phone interviews and had to be mindful of making a lasting and strong impression virtually. Though challenging, it certainly is not impossible. This learning experience has made me more flexible and adaptable professionally. All in all, being abroad has also helped me define what I want out of my undergrad career and my future. And though that future is still unclear, I do know that I want to travel a lot more—I want to go global! For that, I can thank this experience abroad.

Like many of my peers, I had a hard time choosing an NYU Study Abroad site. When talking to my friends, everyone proclaimed their study abroad site to be the “best.” Regarding the location, language and the culture I wished to experience, Spain was the right choice for me! It’s already April and I have been here a little under four months, but honestly it feels like just yesterday that I arrived at the Madrid airport. Time here has flown by and it is hard to imagine that I’ll have to say goodbye so soon to the country that I have fallen in love with!

One of my favorite places in Madrid is easily Retiro Park—a beautiful space with the glory of Central Park, but on a smaller scale. Luckily for me, it is less than a five minute walk from my apartment door. I have found myself lost in Retiro on my daily runs exploring the infinite amounts of hidden treasures that it holds—including my three personal favorites: the Crystal Palace, the pond and the outdoor gym. Aside from the perfect workout you can get there, it is also a great place to spend an afternoon after class! “Madrilenos” seem to love to be outside, so rain or shine there is always a unique energy found in the park.

Also traveling throughout Spain has been just as amazing. In my travels I have experienced beautiful beaches in Cadiz, breathtaking mountain landscapes and Castles in Cuenca and Segovia and the most amazing paella I’ve ever had in Valencia! One of the hardest things to part with will definitely be the Paella!

 

 

 

 

 

This being my first time abroad, I have done a lot of adjusting. Madrid is definitely very different from New York (no clothes dryers anywhere!) but what makes Madrid unique is why I love it most. Tomorrow my roommates and I depart for spring break expanding our travels outside of Spain to see more of Europe. Granted, I’m sure each city I visit will find some way to enchant and blow me away, I know that at the end of the trip, I’ll be ready to be back in Madrid—in our sleepy, quirky residential neighborhood “Conde de Casal” but home nonetheless.

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My name is Suzi Brown and I am a junior studying politics and Spanish in CAS. After studying in Buenos Aires during my fall semester, it is so amazing to have a second abroad experience in another, very different, Spanish-speaking country. As a politics and Spanish major, I was overwhelmed by the choice of classes and the different ways to complete my degree. I decided on three classes in Spanish, covering Surrealism, Cultural History of Spain and a politics class on Spain and the European Union, as well as a class taught in English on human rights. And when I’m not reading or writing for class, or getting to know more about Madrid, I keep up with internship applications for the summer term right around the corner. Using jobs posted on Wasserman’s Career Net, as well as those on Idealist and Intern Match, I have applied to quite a few listings and have started to hear back and interview with companies over Skype. It’s a little nerve wracking not to be in the city, especially when companies say they like to meet with their candidates in person, but I wouldn’t trade either one of these semesters abroad to make it to an interview in NYC, especially when Wasserman is so available and technology makes connecting so easy. But now to the true abroad experience…

Since I first arrived at NYU, I knew that I wanted to do two semesters abroad, and I knew I wanted to go to Argentina and Spain. I wanted to do this so I could (nearly) perfect my Spanish skills, immerse myself in two cultures with similarities and stark differences, and to live in two cities with opposing but shared histories: Spain, the ex-super power that conquered South America, and Argentina, the emerging country that, along with its neighbors, developed under the hands of their conqueror. And so, this semester, I once again find myself in a land of eating dinner late and going out even later, of speaking Spanish and drinking absurdly cheap wine, of quickly converting a new currency in my head, and doing an elaborate dance on the street to sidestep the remnants of the dogs that don’t get picked up after. But where Buenos Aires is sprawling and sometimes empty, Madrid is compact and full of people; where Buenos Aires is still building up their landscape, Madrid has settled into theirs, everything much older, boasting their long history.

         

Both cities have had an immense impact on me, but this blog post is about Madrid, so let me focus on a few things that make up the life of a Madrileño…

Ham. It’s pretty much a national obsession. After eating this meat forever, it has developed historical significance and has always been a safe meat to eat (aka there has never been Mad Pig Disease). There is also a hierarchy among the ham here, Jamon Ibérico being the best and most expensive, Jamon Serrano pulling in a close second, followed distantly by paleta, the stuff that people don’t like to talk about and that doesn’t even bare the name jamon. And just about any grocery store or cafeteria you walk into will house at least one pig’s leg dangling from the ceiling, waiting to be sliced up and serve to the next lucky customer.

An obsession with being outside. Undoubtedly, the weather we’re experiencing here in March is infinitely nicer than the freak snow storms my friends and family are suffering through in New York and New Jersey. But still, 50 degrees and raining usually does not call on me to sit outside under an umbrella meant for the sun, sipping on drinks and nibbling on tapas. And yet, that is exactly what I saw on a cold, rainy night in the center of the city. Which makes me even more excited for the warmer days to come, when we can take full of advantage of restaurants’ terrazas and rooftop bars and join the hordes of Madrileños that take to the streets at night, preferring to share some drinks on corners or right in the middle of the road, rather than gathering inside someone’s apartment. Even now, when the sun is shining, I find myself needing to take off my jacket at midday and aim my face at the glorious sun—strong from the altitude and unimpeded by any tall buildings. And in truth, with a beautiful park around the corner and plenty of plazas to stroll through, why not spend as much time outside as possible?

            

Churros con chocolate. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain this one. Fried dough dipped in thick, hot chocolate? Spain definitely knows how to do sweets.

             

I’m excited to come back to New York this summer after a year of living abroad, but I’m going to miss the surprises of new cities, the uncertainty of communicating in my second language, and the more leisurely pace that people live their lives, just a few thousand miles away.

Global Peers: Sydney

What is your name/major/class year/school? Why did you want to study away in Sydney?

Hi everyone! My name is Tyler Becker, I’m a junior in SCPS studying Sports Management, and this semester, I am at one of NYU’s newest study away sites, Sydney, Australia! I chose Sydney for a few reasons. First, I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, and what better way to explore the country than to spend four months living and breathing the culture. Second, my degree allows students to take some liberal arts and elective classes, and Sydney has a bunch to offer. And third, I wanted to experience a semester of NYU from a different country, meet other students in an intimate setting (there’s about 40 students at NYU Sydney), and enjoy a few months in the nice weather.

What classes are you taking?

The classes I’m taking are Australian Sociology, Creative Writing, Global Media, and Anthropology of Art. The courses are really interesting, and my professors are terrific individuals that have a lot to say about Sydney and their respective fields. Global Media is one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at NYU. It’s incredibly fascinating to learn about the media, technology, and cultural identity of Sydney and Australia from an expert in the industry. I’m really excited to bring back to New York some things I’ve learned here.

Describe a fun outing or experience thus far?

One weekend, a small group of students decided to take a trip down to Kangaroo Valley, a small town about two hours south of Sydney. We rented cars, and I drove on the other side of the rode! It was so much fun to go on a road trip with some other NYU Sydney students, have a picnic in the park, and of course, see some kangaroos up close and personal. We got really close to them too! The most amazing part was on our drive back in the evening. As we were driving, we look to our left towards an open field, and about 50 or so kangaroos are congregated together. It was a spectacular sight to see.

How are you exploring your career while away?

In Sydney, I’m doing a couple of things to explore and advance my career. For example, I’m working part time for NYU Sydney. It’s a really nice part-time job to have. I am learning about the roles and responsibilities of the program directors, offering my ideas to improve the site, and maintaining a balanced schedule of class, work, and fun. I also plan on attending some neat events in Sydney, specifically tech and marketing panels to learn about the Sydney startup scene. In fact, I recently started chatting with someone while getting gelato, and she happens to work at an advertising industry. We exchanged information, and I’m hoping to visit the office a few times this semester!

How are you preparing for potential internship or professional opportunities? How will Sydney impact your career endeavors?

I am currently seeking an internship for this summer back in New York, which means I won’t be able to attend in-person interviews. Fortunately, many of the employers I’ve heard from regularly use Skype to conduct interviews with candidates outside of the city. If you think studying away for a semester will be a burden to career advancement, I strongly disagree. There are so many ways to meet professionals, apply for jobs, and explore career options, regardless of which country you’re in. Every so often I’ll check CareerNet for interesting postings relating to my summer internship search, and overall, I’m expanding my network and discovering opportunities in the same way I am used to back in New York.

In case you missed it: Day in the Life Global Peer

Here’s in from your Global Peer, Melissa. See how her day shapes up as she tweets about her studies at the NYU site in Florence. Click on the image below to see more about her experience!

For more Days in the Life of Global Peers, follow us @NYUWassEmployer! And, as always, follows us @NYUWasserman for the most recent career advice and information!

Telling Your Global Story: Learn how to highlight your global experiences to prospective employers

Join us at the Wasserman on November 15th at 12:00 PM for “Telling Your Global Story”.

Study away programs provide students with the incredible opportunity to add an entirely new perspective to both academic and career goals. This event will unveil the strengths of studying away for your career, and how prospective employers view these experiences.

Be sure to follow @NYUWasserman and @NYUWassEmployer on Twitter for real-time updates, advice, and interesting facts during the event. Whether you are in attendance, or at home, it’s a “must see” and “must read” event for anyone with a study away experience under his or her belt, or on the horizon.

Meet other students with study away experience, ask questions to the Wasserman staff, and learn more about how NYU students are making the most of their semesters across the globe. As NYU continues to define itself as a Global Network University, studying away is at the heart of this amazing global community.

Stop on by and ask some questions. It’s lined up to be a great event! And remember to follow @NYUWasserman and @NYUWassEmployer  from 12-1pm on Thursday for Tweets from the event.”

Meet the Global Peers: Paris

Jakie Kim


Best Advice?

An older NYU student once told me that 4 years of college is enough time to set yourself up for the rest of your life.
She told me to utilize every opportunity that NYU offered me (especially the free ones). That meant going to the resource center, checking out books, borrowing movies, going to the gym, making friends with the people on my floor, sending email to alumni, going to all the NY events, sneaking into parties to network, etc.

How to make a good first impression at an internship:

My advice for making a good impression starts in the morning of your first day. Dress the part. Clean clothes and great hair go a long way. Also, bring some sort of breakfast treat if you can. Usually, if peope like a healthy morning snack or even biscottis to much on with a morning coffee. I mean, who doesn’t like a free snack? And when the people who ate thank you (which they will), you can strike up a conversation with them.
Also, don’t be afraid to speak up. I know when I start working at a new place, I’m always so scared to do something wrong or say something wrong that I decide to just stay quiet. But you should keep in mind that a first impression is still an impression, so you’re going to need to speak up in order to do that! Talk about TV, or movies, or pop culture. If you know something going on in your field of work, talk about that. If you’re interning/working in the same place as someone else, you’re bound to have something in common with your colleagues.

Two weeks in any site:

If I could spend two weeks at any of the NYU sites, I would choose Shanghai (Paris would be first choice, but I’m here so I’m assuming I cant pick this.). I feel like there’s a lot of really great new industries popping up in China and it’s in the middle of this incredible revolution. It would be great to get on the excitement and buzz that is in Shanghai. Also, I feel like the culture would be completely different from the US which would make for an incredible experience.

Meet the Global Peers: London

Vivian Lee, Stern, Class of 2014


What’s your favorite NYU class so far, and why?

TV Nation. I am obsessed with TV and I actually got to learn about the development process for new TV shows in this class. We not only watched a few pilots before they aired on TV, but the rest of the time we watched “busted pilots.” That’s the term for first episodes of shows that did not get picked up for a full season. It was really interesting to see what went wrong, and for our final project we pitched our own pilots–many of which I would legitimately want to watch.

If you could spend two weeks at any OTHER NYU study away site, which would you pick and why?

Prague. It looks absolutely beautiful and seems perfectly situated to travel to some of the most underrated destinations in Europe.

What do you find most interesting about “the working world” of your current site? What is, or would be, most challenging about working there? What would be easiest?

There seems to be more programs in the UK built for school leavers (an alternative to the university route) and for students to work full-time in between years at university (like a gap year). This is interesting, but also can be challenging for someone like me who is not from the UK but may be seeking work in the UK. It presents a difference in both what an employer is looking for (interns to work full-time, for example, instead of in conjunction with schoolwork) and the level of experience of job applicants I would be competing with (i.e. when applying for an entry-level position in the future, I may be competing with those who have already had yearlong full-time work experience before). If I did regularly attend uni in the UK, I think I would really appreciate this opportunity to dive in and test out the industry I’m studying to work in.  The easiest thing would probably be getting lunch, because of the abundance of inexpensive but also good lunch places (think Pret A Manger but with 10x more convenient locations than in New York, and other similar fast but fresh eateries with an abundance of sandwich varieties as well as global cuisine options).

Meet the Global Peers: Florence

Harneet Kaur Finance & Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, Class of 2014
Who is your celebrity hero and why?
My celebrity hero would be an Indian (Bollywood) movie actress – Preity Zinta. In addition to being an amazing and successful actress in some of Bollywood’s greatest movies, she owns an Indian sports team, attended classes in Harvard Business School, and is further involved in numerous charitable organizations specifically supporting womens’ rights in India.
What’s your best piece of resume advice?
Be specific. Make sure you actually relate your skills and experience to the job you are applying for and try to do this for every single application you send out. It is sometimes easy to create a generic resume, but those specific/relevant points may be what makes your resume stand out compared to the rest!
What is your favorite memory from your study away experience thus far?
My favorite experience from study abroad (so far) has to be my day trip to Rome. From the Vatican Museum, to the Spanish steps, and the Trevi Fountain at night, Rome is breathtaking. Not only is every monument a work of art, but a piece of history interconnected with the rest of the city and Italy itself. A day was definitely not enough, so I will definitely be visiting there again soon!

Meet the Global Peers: Buenos Aires

Suzi Brown, CAS, Class of 2014

What is the best advice about NYU you have received? At NYU, it is so important to be proactive and get out there. If an opportunity comes your way and you are even the slightest bit interested, go for it. You never know what you might stumble upon. This is how I ended up being involved in Alternative Breaks. I applied to volunteer in the Dominican Republic freshmen year, not thinking I would get a spot on the trip. However, because I just went for it and gave it my all, I travelled with 11 other like-minded students and taught English at a school in the DR over my spring break. It was such an amazing experience that the following year I applied to be a site leader and lead my own group of students back there to teach. If you are willing to put yourself out there, NYU can help you find a community and foster your passions.

Why did you decide to study abroad in Buenos Aires and Madrid? I have always wanted to study abroad, so that part was a no-brainer. Argentina and Spain share a strong history, both colonial and cultural, but they are so different down to the their core. In many ways, Argentina has a European flare, and many times tries to cultivate this flare, but this country also makes a point of being unto its own, proud of it’s pre-European roots. Then we have Spain, such a strong and powerful country for so long, now fading somewhat into the global landscape. There is a lot going on politically in each country, and as a politics major, it is very interesting to see, in real time, the progression of things in this sphere (already in my time here, there have been multiple, very lively, political protests in the streets). I am so excited for this amazing opportunity to study abroad for a full year in two countries and two hemispheres. I can’t wait to improve my Spanish and learn about these cultures constructed from either side of history.

What advice would you give about searching for an internship? Cast your net wide. When applying for internships, it is important not to get so bogged down in the one idea or image you had about what your internship would look like. Apply to a variety of positions so that you may have a choice at the end, and see which companies or organizations get back to you. You might be surprised at the types of places that are interested in your resume, and you might also be surprised at the different positions you are fit for and actually enjoy. On the other hand, it may also show you what types of things you are not interested in, but knowing this is just as important. None of my internships have ever been the same, let alone in the same general field, and I have learned vital lessons from each. I’m still not sure what I want to do, but my diverse experiences have given me a taste of the kind of environment I prefer to work in and the kinds of responsibilities I want.

Meet the Global Peers: Prague

Ben Strulowitz, Stern, Class of 2014

What is the best class you have taken at NYU and why? I’m a Finance and Economics major at Stern, but the truth is that my most enjoyable classes at NYU were in Steinhardt. I took private lessons in Guitar with Tyler McDiarmid, who also happened to be nominated for a Grammy. I also took Piano Tim Nuernberger, who taught me how to crush “Old Susanna.” Both classes were tremendous opportunities to enhance my college education in a 1 on 1 format that is not your typical college classroom… And both professors were very cool guys. Highly recommend them.

What’s your best tip for making a great first impression at a new job/internship? Always be busy. At times, your employers will simply not have the resources or availability to teach you and give you attention. This “downtime” can make or break an internship. If a higher-up notices that you are doing additional research or other tasks during your downtime, he will respect your work ethic and assign more responsibility your way.

If you could spend two weeks at any of the NYU study away sites, which would you pick and why? I would spend 2 weeks at the Sydney Campus. I am somewhat outdoorsy, so the hiking and beaches are very appealing. The English language is a plus, and I’ve heard the beer is delicious.

Meet the Global Peers: Prague

Lacy Reilly, CAS, Class of 2014

What is the best class you have taken at NYU and why? Hands down, Human Society and Culture, the required course for all Anthropology majors. I was lucky enough to take the course with Bruce Grant, an extremely knowledgeable and dynamic professor. The class confirmed my choice to pursue Anthropology. After one semester, I felt like a more curious, observant, and accepting human being—curious of the world around me, observant of the grand diversity of humanity, and accepting of that diversity as beauty.

What’s you best tip for making a great first impression at a new job/internship? Take notes! Especially while getting acquainted to a new position, you’ll need to have written reminders of your responsibilities and your boss will be impressed by the care you take to ensure that you complete your tasks correctly. Taking notes along the way will also limit the amount of semi-embarrassing procedural questions you ask, and put you on the path towards self-sufficiency!

If you could spend two weeks at any of the NYU study away sites, which would you pick and why? I’d choose the site I’m at right now: Prague! I could not have picked a better place to study away. The city is gorgeous, living is simple and cheap, and the culture is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced—which makes this a tremendously exciting learning experience for an Anthropology major!