Esmé Montgomery is a graduate (Spring 2017) of the NYU in International Relations and Journalism (GloJo) Program. She is from the north east England and did her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She is president of the International Relations and Politics Association ( IRPA). She recently interned at Living North magazine and is about to start an internship at Religions for Peace at the United Nations. A passionate writer, she also writes for the Journal of Political Inquiry on campus.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the IR-Journalism program because it allowed me to pursue my two interests at the same time, unlike many other programs on offer. I like the way you can specialize a track within IR, such as Security and Diplomacy, or Human Rights, or Development. I found the financial aid I was offered generous too. [Please see the GloJo Financial Aid and GSAS Financial Aid webpages for more information.]
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learnt the most?
The class I have most enjoyed so far is Speechwriting and Diplomacy, with Professor Benaim. You study historical speeches and recent speeches on domestic policy, foreign policy etc. You also write several of your own speeches and critique them as a class. This class has made me seriously consider a career as a political speechwriter!
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
I would advise students to get involved in the extracurricular life of the IR department with the events and societies. However I would also advise not to overcommit in your first semester! I made this mistake myself!
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
My favorite place on campus is the 8th floor workspace in the Kimmel Center. It has a great view of the city and the seats are so comfortable! The best part of student life at NYU is the great events put on for the graduate students by the Graduate Student Life office (for example Graduate Students Go Baking!) The IR department also has an extensive events calendar of panel discussions on current affairs.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
Living in NYC is exciting because it feels like everyone is here to work hard and achieve their ambitions- it’s contagious!
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
After I graduate I hope to move to Washington D.C. and work in a think tank, the government or a non-profit. Part of the reason my courses have been so helpful in preparing me for a career is that they are extremely practical. For example, in my Practicing Diplomacy class, we write policy memos as if we are State Department staffers! The societies within this program (JPI and IRPA) have also allowed me to meet alumnus who have helped me plan out how to achieve my career plans.