Pak Ho Wong graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2021 and is from Hong Kong. He majored in Social and Political Science in his undergraduate studies at Hofstra University, New York before coming to NYU.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
For me, I looked at NYC as a place that I could potentially end working or living in during my undergraduate career. Alongside the increasingly tense atmosphere that the world found itself in near the end of my undergrad, I slowly shifted my focus on a more international route and trying to understand the politics between nations rather than just within nations. Because of that I eventually found an avenue to combine being in NYC and learning more about IR by applying to the program at NYU.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
One of the classes in which I both enjoyed and learned a lot from would be Global and International History. This is because it really explored the background of the discipline while also examining different interpretations of key historical events that might suggest modern theories could use a bit more self-examination and improvement.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
One key piece of advice I would give is definitely interact more with fellow students, teachers, and staff. This program does come with not just a wonderful group of people but also a lot of connections that could prove to be useful in the future and therefore you shouldn't ignore this opportunity. Not only that but the Program only lasts two short years, so why not spend it having fun with friends instead of strangers?
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
My favorite place on campus would be the Kimmel Center. Student-life wise, I would say the fact that having happy hours and other events hosted within the program in the surrounding area is enjoyable and allows you to explore NYC more.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
Accessibility and food! I tend to walk everywhere instead of taking transportation if I can help it. NYC has so many nooks and crannies to explore that if you sign up for a program here, you'll definitely have the chance to explore as well. Having so much food nearby is another big plus.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
After graduating, I would like to get a job either as a consultant or a researcher for private or government organizations. The Program has prepared me by exposing me to new concepts and ideas that might become more valuable as the future continues to dramatically evolve. The Program also helped me improve my writing and research skills that will undoubtedly come in handy as the transition into the workforce begins.
Last Updated November 9, 2020