Stephen Groves graduated from the joint International Relations and Journalism (GloJo) Program in 2019. He is from Colorado and completed his undergraduate studies at Taylor University in Indiana.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I am pursuing a career in journalism — I want to not only cover global events but also tell readers why those events matter for their lives. The IR program at NYU develops the skills necessary to analyze developments and provide insights. I loved the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the small size of classes and the wide variety of courses offered.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I most enjoyed Professor Germano’s class Immigration and Transnationalism. I took it my first semester in the program, and it was a great introduction to the real-world implications of the topics we study. The dialogue and discussion in the class really set it apart. I felt I learned the most in Professor Adelman’s Asia-Pacific International Relations. Professor Adelman teaches from his lived experience in the politics and business of the region, and I felt I gained insights available nowhere else.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
This program is not just about the classes. There are so many opportunities beyond the classroom including internships, student organizations and campus events. These opportunities are a great way to explore your interests and enhance your professional development. The faculty members are also a great resource. I found the professors always accessible and willing to give advice.
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
I spent many hours at Bobst Library, and the rooms over-looking Washington Square Park were beautiful. I also liked heading to the gym for a study break. The best part about student life at NYU is the diversity of students on campus. My classes were filled with students who had experience in the topics and regions we were studying.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
New York City is never boring, and my favorite part of the city is the people who live here. You meet people from all over the world who have incredible stories to tell. Despite being a massive city, individual neighborhoods and blocks often have a distinct, local vibe. The local restaurants, bodegas, and neighbors make this place home.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
I’m pursuing a career in journalism, hopefully in a position with an international focus. Eventually, I would love to cover South Asia.
Last updated May 16th, 2019