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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!

Global Peer: Accra, Ghana

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

Hey everyone, eti sen!? Greetings from Accra, Ghana! My name is Delaine Powerful and I am a junior in Steinhardt studying Public Health and Nutrition. I chose to study abroad in Ghana because of my desire to work in developing countries where maternal and child mortality rates are high and women’s reproductive health is often taboo, and work to reduce such stigmas and negative health outcomes. Coming to Ghana was the perfect opportunity for me to grow as a student in the public health field. I also wanted to experience a culture unlike my own, one whose traditions and customs remain despite Western influences, and greaten my understandings of diversity.

What classes are you taking? 

I am taking a course load relevant to my area of study: Health and Society, Global Nutrition, Community Psychology, and a Internship Fieldwork and Seminar course. I am interning with an organization under the umbrella name Child and Associates where I have been working with their “Beyond the Net’s” campaign and developing and implementing my own clinical study about a Guardian/Parent’s role in their child’s health outcome. Because Ghanaians teach all the classes, the majority being professors from the University of Ghana, many classes incorporate a cultural theme where we integrate our understandings of the literature and lectures into community experiences. It has been a great experience and through these classes and various field trips, I have really gotten a great sense and understanding of the true Ghanaian culture.

What has been the most interesting thing about Accra so far? 

The most interesting aspect about Accra would the easy-going nature that seems to be an innate characteristics of all Ghanaians. People are a lot friendlier here. Even though Accra is just as hectic, if not more so, than NYC, people here never seem to be in a rush to go anywhere. When you are walking down the street it is not uncommon to exchange greetings with a passing stranger. No one is ever too busy to stop and have a conversation and is more than willing to assist with directions and things to that nature. It is truly refreshing to actually be able to slow down and fully appreciate things for what they are.

Describe a fun outing or experience thus far? 

For my Health and Society class we took a class trip to a traditional healing clinic in a neighboring community. The trip was great and educational and all, but the best part of the day came at the end of the day when we traveled to our professor’s house and ate dinner in his wife’s restaurant. We were entertained with numerous dance numbers, performed by the professor and his 5-year-old granddaughter, and sang (or mumbled) along to the Ghanaian Azonto music. The meal was absolutely delicious and was actually the best food I had consumed during my whole trip.

How are you preparing for potential internship or professional opportunities? 

I have definitely grown professionally here in Accra thanks to my leadership and internship position. I have come into contact with numerous professionals and have learned the appropriate mannerisms of a professional setting. Also, even though as a Peer Career Educator I am informing other students on the ways to best present themselves to potential employers, I have learned a great deal myself. With my developing interviewing skills and Wasserman styled resume and cover letter, I was able to secure a summer internship directly in line with my professional goals.

How are you exploring your career while away? How will Accra impact your career endeavors?

Because my main area of interest is maternal and child health in developing countries, the clinical study I am doing at my internship is relevant to my desires for my future profession. I am learning how to develop proposals for studies, how to format surveys so that they are compatible with the understandings of the community, and other necessary skills I will need as a Public Health official looking to implement programs that promote lasting change. In Ghana, as well as anywhere else in the world, public health is everywhere. And I have been given the opportunity to study various NGOs and actually track their progress in this developing country, first-hand, which is great!

Global Peers: Day in the Life

Want to know what your global peers are up to around the GNU? Check out these Days in the Life from a few of the global sites. Hear from your peers by clicking on the pictures below!

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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.