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Study Away Recollections

Senior Global Public Health student Fanta NGom had an incredibly transformational experience while studying away at NYU Accra in Spring 2013. Learn about her semester away, the influence of the city’s one and only mental health school, and how she used the experience as a catalyst to start her own non-profit organization, P.R.O.M.O.

Fanta NGom (Center)

Global Public Health ‘14

When I decided to attend NYU back in 2010, I never imagined my NYU experience being as great and rewarding as it has been. For one, the clubs I have joined, such as the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), Black Students Union (BSU), and the African Students Union (ASU) have contributed to both my personal and academic growth. These clubs were instrumental in turning me into the leader that I am today, a leader dedicated to creating an experience full of academic and social success for all students at NYU. Throughout my years here, I took amazing classes such as Complementary and Alternative Medicine that solidified my love and passion for mental health. I hope to not only educate society about mental health, but also raise awareness, and find more effective treatments for all disorders.

 The experience that greatly affected my career path and contributed to my growth was my decision to study abroad in Accra, Ghana, my junior year. That year I took a risk; that risk was leaving behind everything and everybody and studying abroad for a whole year. I studied abroad in London during the fall and then left for Accra in the spring. At first, I didn’t really know why I made the decision to go to Accra. Yes, as an African I wanted to visit Africa, as this would be my first time on the continent. Yes, I wanted to experience a place way out of my comfort zone. And yes, I wanted to attend a study abroad site applicable to my minor and my overall interests. However, when I left Accra, I realized that I went there for a purpose; to develop a non-profit that would change the lives of many women across Ghana and hopefully across Africa.

While studying in Accra, I had the wonderful opportunity of interning at the only mental health school in all of Accra. This school, The New Horizon Special School, has both a school for children between the ages of 5 and 18 with a variety of disabilities including learning disabilities and a vocational school for adults. I worked with the youngest students at the school and it was in fact a life changing experience. I noticed how much of an impact dance and music has on one’s life and how it must be incorporated into the treatment of mental health. I realized that at the end of the day, despite their disabilities, these students were happy, loving people who should be treated no differently than the little girl or boy who goes to the school right down the road. Going to my internship was the highlight of my days in Accra. Being here really strengthened my desire to go into the field of mental health and today I am doing just that.

As a senior, it is completely normal to have anxiety about graduation and be stressed out about our career plans. However, being in Accra, made my senior year less stressful. Currently, I am developing a non-profit along with one other NYU Accra Alumna and my past mentee. This non-profit is called P.R.O.M.O.: Protecting the Rights Of the Marginalized and Oppressed. P.R.O.M.O. seeks to address cultural and societal perceptions on mental and reproductive health within Ghana in hopes of developing new ways to promote self-sustainability. By providing access to essential medical resources, health education, and a safe space for women of reproductive age and older with mental disabilities and HIV/AIDS, we hope to create a sense of belonging through a new community. Our purpose is to provide our sisters, the women in our space, with the means to self-sufficiency, which will act as an access point to establishing and maintaining happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. We seek to provide a safe space where women can be educated on mental and reproductive health issues and be provided with the resources and skills needed for self-sufficiency. Our safe space will act as a shelter for those who wish to regain their self-sufficiency and health. Our space will also serve as a temporary refuge for our non-residential sisters, where they can attend our awareness and educational programs.

Going to Accra inspired me to do this. Going to Accra made me realized how much of a passion I have for mental health. Going to Accra affected my career choices. Without this experience, I wouldn’t be able to say that I am working towards the betterment of the lives of many women in Ghana. Today, we are semi-finalist for the NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge! We are also in the stages of applying to various grants to fund this initiative. This spring break, we are hoping to travel to Ghana to further research our venture, meet with the Ministry of Health, see the space where we will launch our non-profit, and travel to Tamale to meet with Dr. Abdulai (5th recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice in 2012) who has a clinic in Tamale and has agreed to collaborate with us, as well as other individuals who are key to the success of our venture. Our market research done in Ghana will allow us to determine all potential start-up challenges, have a better understanding of our target market, determine our competitive analysis, and other important elements essential for a successful start-up of our non-profit.

I encourage everyone to study away and if not for a semester, go for 3 weeks, or a summer! It will honestly impact you in ways unimaginable!

Learn more about and support Fanta’s efforts in bringing P.R.O.M.O. to Ghana by visiting the group’s Gofundme page.

In case you missed it: A day in the life at NYU Accra from Adam, Class of 2015!

Adam, Class of 2015,  interns at the West Africa AIDS Foundation while studying away at NYU Accra. Here’s a recap of his #dayinthelife abroad. 

Are you studying away next semester? Get great leadership experience by applying to be a Global Peer Career Educator on NYU CareerNet, Job ID 910361 by Nov 17!

Day in the Life: The Mind Company

Considering working abroad? The Mind Co. offers you an opportunity to work in Buenos Aires, Argentina! Want to learn more? Check out Andre’s day as a Consultant at The Mind Co. in Buenos Aires by clicking on the logo below!

How would you like to work abroad like Andre? Apply to The Mind Co. for a Consultant Position through NYU CareerNet by clicking here!

Career Week at Villa La Pietra


Studying abroad in Florence? Join NYU Wasserman Career Counselor, Desalina Allen, and your Peers in Careers next week for several career-related events! Stop by to learn more about NYU Wasserman, meet Desalina, pick up career resources and ask any questions you may have! Also, learn how to transition after you trip and how to tell your own global story!

It all begins next Monday, April 15th at 7:00 PM in the Villa Ulivi Cafeteria!

To learn more, click here!

Alumni Guest Blog: South Korea

Name: Christian Clampitt
Graduation Date (month/year):
May 2012
NYU School/Program/Major:
College of Arts and Science, Philosophy

Current Title: Guest English Teacher
Current Organization/Employer:
Korean Ministry of Education
Current Location:
Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea

Where are you from originally? Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

Did you study abroad while at NYU? If so, where? What skills/experiences did you have while abroad that prepared you to work globally (if applicable)?

I did not study abroad while at NYU. I was a transfer student; while at my previous university I studied abroad in England. (Transferring to NYU, New York itself felt like an exotic location!)

For going abroad, what’s most relevant is your patience, especially the greater the length of time abroad.

Three months abroad (whether working or studying) allows plenty of cultural exploration, but concludes before the ‘honeymoon’ is over. The period after the enchantment is when challenging cultural differences genuinely appear. Anyone can read about a cultural difference, but the actual practice of navigating cultural differences day after day requires the virtue of patience. Are you patient enough to reflect on how cultural others interpret your behavior? Are you patient enough to set aside your own feelings in order to accommodate the other culture’s approach?

(It’s best to learn to like the differences, but if they were so easily overcome, they wouldn’t be cultural differences! So in the meantime, there is patience.)

I learned to practice the virtue of patience in England, but I’m learning it even more in South Korea. If you’re planning on short term work abroad, then the same skills that make you a great student (ingenuity, independence, responsibility) will make you a great young professional. But if you’re planning to work abroad longer, you’ll need to supplement your regular skills with greater patience.

How did you end up working in South Korea? Were you targeting that location specifically or seeking a position abroad?

At my previous university I took an ESL course, had many Korean friends and attended a Korean-language church. The pastor taught me how to read and write Korean! As my graduation from NYU neared, I knew I wanted to spend some time abroad after college. I had always wanted but never been able to visit Asia, and since I already knew some Korean, South Korea seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Did you encounter challenges pertaining to visa/work authorization or language barriers during your job search and the application for this position?  How did you overcome them?

The Korean Ministry of Education’s English Program in Korea (“EPIK”) makes a great effort to minimize the language barrier and manage the ‘paperwork,’ especially during the application and orientation processes, by allowing applicants to use English-language agencies. For example, I researched EPIK independently but then used an ESL placement agency (ESLstarter) to guide me through the application, interview and visa documentation. The founder, Claire, even met me at Incheon airport!

What types of activities/experiences prepared you to work internationally? (classes, extracurriculars, study abroad, internships, etc.) 

Language and history classes are very beneficial. Even if English is commonly spoken at your destination, knowing some of the local non-English language communicates respect and care. Knowing some history also demonstrates that you find the location and culture interesting and worthy of study.

What are some of the benefits and challenges of working in South Korea specifically, and outside of the U.S. more generally?

Korea is a small country in a great global location. Nothing is ever too far: I can take an inexpensive and comfortable bus to Seoul, a city bigger than New York, or to Beopjusa, a Buddhist temple on a secluded mountain range. Both trips only take an hour and a half. And when you’ve finished exploring Korea, it’s easy to fly to New Zealand, China, Japan or the Philippines.

The challenge I have to mention is the high language barrier. Korean isn’t as hard to learn as Mandarin or Thai, and in many ways I like it more than English – but it’s still hard work to learn. And since it’s not uncommon for a Korean’s English to stop at ‘Hello’ and ‘Nice to meet you,’ you will have difficulty communicating if you don’t learn some Korean.

Sometimes, a cultural difference can be a benefit or a challenge, depending upon your patience and attitude. For example, the younger generation considers itself increasingly westernized and therefore modern, though Korea is still very much an East Asian culture. For example, this means that while there are more nearby high-end coffee shops in my “small” city of 600,000 than in my old neighborhood in Manhattan, the work culture remains very communal. I regularly play volleyball, get coffee and eat dinner with my office co-teachers and even the whole school. At first this work culture felt like an intrusion into my private time – but I was patient and now I quite enjoy it! I’ve even gone camping and fishing and traveled to Jeju Island with co-teachers. So, some cultural differences that initially feel like a challenge may become a benefit.

I think this is true for working outside of the U.S. more generally: cultural differences, depending upon your attitude, are either the main benefits or the main challenges of working abroad.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in a position like yours? (tips, resources, etc.)

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel and to live abroad; there are many destinations and various short term and long-term opportunities available. Some places require TESL certification and/or a degree in education, but many don’t (Korea only requires a degree). For those interested, I would recommend researching TESL and exploring the community at sites like Dave’s ESL Cafe. I used ESLstarter as my recruiter – Claire was immensely helpful. Once you’ve decided on the destination, start to learn some of the local language.

What are your future plans? Do you see yourself coming back to the U.S.?

My plan is to return to America within the next few years to complete a few additional science courses before applying to medical school.

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: 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!

Summer Must- Reads: More books to help your career development (Part II)

 

Stay on top of your game with these books all written to help you achieve your career goals. These bestsellers will change the way you see the world, interact and handle any obstacle that comes your way. Enjoy!

The Art of Mingling: Proven Technique for Mastering Any Room, by Jeanne Martinet

Don’t let your wallflower ways keep you from getting what you want. The Art of Mingling offers great tips on how to work any room. Trust us, after this you’ll be the life of the party… or at least be able to network better.

 

 

 

 

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz

Want to know the key to success? According to Ferrazzi and Raz it is networking. Learning how to cultivate relationships is an important part of life. Never Eat Alone teaches readers how to make connections using their handy outlines and strategies. The important thing to remember is that it isn’t just about getting what you want; it’s also about making sure those who are important to you also get what they want.

 

 

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel

 Who would have thought that everything your mother taught you is completely wrong in dealing with your career ambitions. Not to worry Frankel has you covered and will educate you on what you need as a woman to continue to make that climb to the top.

 

 

 

 

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas L. Friedman

Understanding the world we live in is crucial in navigating today’s job markets. Whatever your career path The World is Flat gives the reader an understanding of the events that have shaped today’s ‘flat’ and fast globalized world. Friedman explains how this happened and demystifies complex foreign policy and economic issues that are currently shaping the global.

 

 

Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum

In Not for Profit, Nussbaum urges us to consider the issues that arise when we put economic growth ahead of humanitarian growth. For students interested in the Non-Profit sector this book is a must read because it takes a look at the impact that education focused on trade rather than knowledge has on our society.

 

 

 

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations offers readers a guide to handling life’s most difficult conversations. Learn how to be persuasive, talk about almost anything, and prepare for nearly every situation with Patterson’s six-minute mastery technique.