Jordan Clifford graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2016, and is from Binghamton, New York. He majored in Political Science in his undergrad at Binghamton University before coming to NYU.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
NYU is the largest private research university in the US. The department is amazing. I had always heard great things and I thought what most of the professors were doing was interesting. So I decided… NYU.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed?
I’m actually in it right now. It’s US National Security with Dr. Helman. He is just phenomenal. Coming from a practitioner’s point of view, he offers a lot that you would not get in a normal academic setting. But he also approaches it in an academic sense so you get the best of both worlds from someone who has spent the majority of his career in the government.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Come with an open mind. And really get involved with not only your fellow classmates but also with your professors. You’re only here for two years and they really make the most of your experience here. Talk to them, go to their office hours, build relationships and just be open to other’s opinions and their opinions.
(Interviewed in March 2015)