Cartland Zhou graduated from the MA in IR Program in May 2019. She is from Shanghai, China and completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at NYU.
Where are you currently and what do you do there?
I am currently a Ph.D. student at UCLA studying political science.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
I believe the program allowed me to craft and tailor my research interest. I took a lot of great introductory classes in the program that helped me to learn about various fields in IR and eventually decide where my true research interest lies.
What advice do you have for current students who may be looking for a career in your field?
If you are thinking about continuing your graduate career, build relationships with your professor and get involved in their research projects. Get yourself familiarized with the newest line of research in IR and subscribe to journals.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose this program because I was an undergraduate studying International Relations at NYU and I found out that I had an opportunity to apply for this program and complete it in one year. I believed it would allow me to prepare for my Ph.D. application while taking more related classes and earning a master's degree.
Which was the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I enjoyed many classes by multiple professors, but I would have to say that the one I found most useful is Professor Fousek's Global History. This class changed the way I approach research and formulate my research questions. It provides a different perspective to view the world that I believe would benefit everybody.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Take the opportunity to get to know the professors. Most of them work for great organizations and have a lot of connections. They have resources and contacts that can help you along the way in various aspects.
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
My favorite place on campus is the 7th floor of Kimmel, where you can overlook WSP and fifth avenue. Everywhere is within walking distance from campus, even if it is not, there is a great metro-system (which I did not fully appreciate when I lived in NY. Now that I live in LA, I do. ) to take you wherever you need to go.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?