Kaibo Wang is from Beijing, China, and graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2018.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am currently working at China Securities as a summer analyst. My job is to cover the changes in currencies, equities and fixed incomes among major economies. Moreover, political influence on the economy is also my concentration, such as the U.S.-China trade issue and American high technology export control.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
Courses from the IR program laid a solid foundation for my job, such as Corporate Finance, Asian Pacific Political Economy and so on. Moreover, I was so lucky to get help from Professor Denoon, Professor Gottlieb and Professor Fousek in this program. They are my role models. I learn from them about how to study and, more importantly, how to live my life.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
The NYU IR program is both a leading national program and a small program, in which I could get the chance to know and interact with everyone. It is probably impossible to find a school like NYU, which provides students enormous freedom to choose courses across the university. I took courses from Stern Business School without any difficulty. Furthermore, New York is a great place if you are interested in international politics and business. Every day is different and you will never get bored in New York.
Which class did you most enjoy? And the one in which you learned the most?
It was the core International Relations course taught by Professor Stuart Gottlieb. The course provided me many new perspectives to analyze international relations, raising various theories and case studies throughout. Although I have to say it was not an easy one, I was definitely impressed by the tactics Professor Gottlieb used to help students grasp the key points. After taking the course, I believed that I could analyze an IR issue with more philosophical and historical depth.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Life is like a box of chocolates and you will never know what you're gonna get! Don't waste any opportunities NYU offers you! The resource of NYU is enough for you to achieve something beautiful in your academic or professional career.
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
Without any hesitation, Bobst library! It is the best I have ever seen in the United States. This library is like a giant with anything you need. You could find books, computers, study rooms, dining lounges, anything you could imagine. Moreover, you should never miss the gorgeous view of Washington Square Park from the library. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy the fantastic scenery with your lover or friend.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?
Aha, this question is an easy one! Best food, convenient transportation, and colorful life! If you want to have a peaceful moment, you could go to Central Park or museums in NYC. If you are looking for something exciting, go to Times Square or Fifth Avenue. But most of all, I am so lucky to meet many new friends in this city. They mean a lot for me in my two-year life in NYC.
Last updated September 17, 2018