Emmy Freedman graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2021 and is from Alexandria, Virginia. She majored in history and media arts and design in her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, Virginia before coming to NYU.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose NYU's IR program because it complemented my journalistic interests and helps me become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded reporter.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I actually really enjoyed the introductory courses in international relations because I came into the program without a background in it. The required introductory courses helped me gain an understanding of the field and introduced me to the policies and theories behind it, and I realized I hadn't really been introduced to these concepts in my undergraduate career.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
My advice to future students is that you shouldn't worry about being behind if you're like me and don't have a background in IR. The introductory courses helped me catch up quickly, and professors understand that not everyone will be on the same level and are eager to help everyone.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
I like exploring new neighborhoods in order to find New York City's best bagel.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
Studying at NYU helped me fall in love with New York City, so I want to pursue New York-centered journalism in the city after I graduate. For example, I love WNYC and its numerous wonderful podcasts, and I rely on its daily newsletter to keep me informed about local happenings, so I would love to work there after I complete my degree. And with New York City's diverse population, my IR degree will certainly come in handy.
Last Updated March 30, 2020