Sinan graduated from the MA International Relations program in January 2017. He is from China and did his undergraduate studies at China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing where he majored in English and International Studies.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
Firstly, because studying in the IR program at NYU, a university at downtown NYC (the most international city in the world and the city headquarters UN and many other international organizations) will greatly contribute to my understanding of the abstract knowledge of the International Relations discipline in the real world context. Also, the professional development at the IR program of NYU is very impressive because of the magnificent Wasserman career assistance and development system and close access to NYC job market. Lastly, NYU absolutely has academic resources (library and database subscription, for example) beyond the wildest dream of any student in the International Relations discipline.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learnt the most?
Both would be Global and International History by Professor John Fousek. Practicing Diplomacy with Professor Damian Leader in the summer course at Washington, D.C. was also very good.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
My advice is that one really, really, really should value the academic engagement out of the class with your academic advisor and professors (for example, the office hour). And you should take the summer course at Washington, D.C. if you can secure an internship there. To me, living, studying, and working (at the Brooking Institution) at D.C. really exposed me to the real world international-security issues and atmosphere.
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
The Bobst Library because of its luxurious academic resources. And well, the discount I can get from various restaurants, companies, and services (AT&T, Verizon, AMC tickets, etc) because I am a NYU student.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
Living in NYC, the most international city in the world, you can meet and learn from interesting people from all over the world; you can have delicious cuisine from around the world; you can buy everything you used to use at home (for international students). Basically you are living in the capital of the world.
Also, as I mentioned previously, the excellent career development services.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
I would like to seek a job in a think tank in NYC or Washington, D.C. to contribute to policies and research that will guide China and the U.S. toward collaboration rather than confrontation. This Program has prepared me greatly for my career goal by intellectually deepening my mind and connecting me with valuable internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.