Anthony Branch graduated from the MA in IR Program in May 2019. He is from Santa Barbara, CA, and completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at California Polytechnic University.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the IR program at NYU because it allowed me to pursue my interests with flexibility and the rare opportunity to work closely with faculty and the department in order to achieve my goals.
Which has been the class you enjoyed? And the one which you learned the most?
My most enjoyable class has been U.S. National Security. The class I learned the most in was U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East.
What advice would you give to the future students of the program?
Speak to your professors, your academic advisors, department staff, and most importantly, your peers about your goals and you will receive feedback that will open doors and help you in ways unexpected. In addition, actively seek out the opportunities you desire in any way you can, they will never appear through complacency.
I would also recommend seeking out a research fellowship (or internship), it will give you experience and opportunity to excel, and make you a competitive candidate for whatever you pursue after graduation. This past summer, I was lucky enough to be an international fellow at the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) - Armenia Foundation, where I was given the opportunity and support to take on my own research initiative and learn the language, resulting in a paper under review for publication.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The pool at NYU Palladium! Swimming several times a week (especially during the Winter) gave me a space where I could let my mind be free and release stress, enhancing my experience.
What do you like best about student life at NYU?
I really enjoyed the inclusiveness and inviting culture at NYU student life.
What is the best thing about living in New York City?
There is something (or often multiple things) for everyone here, you just have to find it.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
I plan to begin a Ph.D. program in Political Science (international relations) in the Fall of 2019. This program has prepared me for that allowing me to easily seek out advice and insight from my advisors and faculty, as well as, providing courses that align with my research interests.
Last Updated August 20th, 2019