Huimin Li graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2020 and is from China. She majored in Journalism in her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University before coming to NYU.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
The IR program at NYU is rooted in political science and social theories. It has academic rigor combined with professional exposure. The scholar-practitioner approach was exactly what I was looking for to understand the complexities of the real world. I also like that it is a relatively small program, so there’s a sense of intimacy and enough resources to pursue your interests.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I enjoyed all my classes! But in particular, I have taken two classes with Professor Helman (Intelligence and U.S. National Security). There was a lot of work, but you will be surprised how much you can grow by the end of the semester. The fundamental skills — thinking, writing and speaking — are transferable no matter what your career path is. The speechwriting class with Professor Benaim was also very interesting, and I really benefited from the feedback and rewriting that is part of the course. The core classes with Professor Fousek (Global & International History) and Professor Rama (International Relations) also helped build a solid foundation to further explore my interests.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Be engaged and keep an open mind. Talk to your professors and classmates. Learn different perspectives from events, lectures, and workshops. Conversations with intelligent minds are definitely life-changing and will help you figure out who you are and what you want to achieve. Also, don’t forget to relax and appreciate what the city can offer you. NYU provides discounted tickets to movies, Broadway shows, sports, concerts, opera, etc., and free access to many museums.
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
The Bobst library on the 10th floor is my favorite spot on campus. Washington Square Park also has a special charm, with pieces of jazz and drops from the fountain floating through the air. It is relaxing to sit on a bench and catch up on some reading. Although most of the time I just do nothing and watch the sunset.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
New York City has this “infinite variety” that always inspires you. Walking through Manhattan streets is somehow very delighting to me. The city has its poetry, sharp edges, nostalgia and the magic of possibilities.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
I’m still exploring in terms of career choice. I may work for non-profit organizations, media or in the private sector. But I am also interested in Ph.D. programs focusing on human security.
Last updated May 1st, 2019