Edward Ablang graduated from NYU’s MA Program in International Relations in 2016. He is a currently studying religion, ethics, and politics at Harvard. Edward is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and received his undergraduate degree in Classics and Music from the University of Pittsburgh.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the program at NYU because it brings together the best features for studying international relations. Class sizes are small, fostering strong rapport with professors ready to support their students’ academic interests and professional goals. Also, as part of a global research university hosting several IR-focused centers and campuses around the world, the NYU program offers endless networking and career opportunities.
Finally, there’s no better place to study international relations than in New York City!
Which has been the class you enjoyed? And the one which you learned the most?
I enjoyed Diplomacy in Theory and Action with Professor Dry, who often referred to his personal experiences working as a Foreign Service Officer at the US State Department. Professor Dry was also instrumental in encouraging me to find my focus area in the nexus of International Relations and religion. Professor Rama’s International Relations theory course provided a critical foundation to understand the essential framework of the field. The course was comprehensive and included guest speakers and roundtable discussions.
What advice would you give to the future students of the program?
Get to know your fellow classmates and professors – all of whom will be important contacts as you pursue your careers. Remember you need recommendations and job references! Relationship building also speaks to the strength of the IR program that seeks to develop a community of emerging professionals. Your paths will cross at some point.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The Wasserman Center for Career Development and the Palladium Gym, both in one place. After attending a career counseling visit or preparing internship applications — with a nice view of Union Square — I was off to the gym before heading to class or the library.
What do you like best about student life at NYU?
NYU strives to cultivate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. There are great clubs and organizations, but I suggest taking advantage of IRPA’s events to hang out with other IR students outside of class.
What is the best thing about living in New York City?
Location! The city is enormous with plenty to enjoy — good eats, popup shops, lectures, and concerts. Don’t forget you can get great student discounts with your NYU card.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
I am considering entering conflict resolution, diplomacy or global philanthropy. The program has been essential to thinking critically about international relations, and I am now bridging that into the field of religion. What I have learned continues to inform my current studies and professional ambitions.
Last updated March 9th, 2019