Kaibo Wang is a current student in the MA International Relations Program. He is from Beijing, China, and will graduate in 2018.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
The NYU IR program is both a leading national program and a small program, in which I could get the chance to know and interact with everyone. It is probably impossible to find a school like NYU, which provides students enormous freedom to choose courses across the university: I took courses from Stern Business School or School of Law without any difficulty. Moreover, New York is a great place if you are interested in international politics and business. Every day in New York is different and you will never get bored.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learnt the most?
It is the core International Relations corse taught by Professor Stuart Gottlieb. The course lays a solid and broad foundation of knowledge in international relations, raising various theories and case studies throughout. Although I have to say it is not an easy course, I am definitely impressed by the tactics Professor Gettlieb used to help student to grasp the key points. After taking the course, I believe that I can analyze an IR issue with more philosophical and historical depth.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Don't waste any opportunities NYU offers you! The resources of NYU is enough for you to achieve something beautiful in your academic or professional careers.
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
Without any hesitation, Bobst library! It is the best I have ever seen in the United States. This library is like a giant with anything you need. You could find books, computers, study rooms, dining lounges, anything you could imagine. Moreover, you should never miss the gorgeous view of the Washington Square Park from the library. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy the fantastic scenery with your lover or friend.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
Aha, this question is an easy one! Best food, convenient transportation and colorful life! If you want to have a peaceful monment, you could go to the Central park or Museums in NYC. If you are looking for something exciting, go to Times Square or the Fifth Avenue. But most of all, I am so lucky to meet many new friends in this city. They mean a lot for me in NYC.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
Life is like a box of chocolates and you will never know what you're gonna get! I can only say that a PhD is a good option for me now. I am working at the NYU U.S-China Relations Center as a research assistant. I have my own online mini-think tank and the Sino-U.S. relationship is always my focus. The program provides me this great RA opportunity and the knowledges I may need if I could pursue a PhD degree in the future. Moreover, I am so lucky to get many helps from Professor Denoon, Professor Gettlieb and Professor Fousek in this program. They are my role models. I learn from them about how to study and, more importantly, how to live my life. By the way, our world is big and diverse, I want to embrace every possibility instead of giving up options.