Tristan graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2019. He is from New Jersey and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in 2014.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
I chose the IR program at NYU because of its fantastic professional and academic balance in one of the most international and dynamic cities on the planet. The International Business Concentration with NYU’s Stern School of Business has also been a huge benefit.
Which has been the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I really enjoyed Professor Adelman’s course on International Relations in the Asia-Pacific both because of the class content as well as his insider perspective on Asian-Pacific affairs. Political Risk with Professor Aziz was very educational and allowed me to hone my writing skills, as well as learn to market myself in the private sector as an expert on political risk in the Indo-Pacific.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Two years goes by quickly so give a lot of time and thought into what you want your focus to be going into the program. Be sure to take courses that will expand and challenge your preconceived notions on international affairs.
What is your favorite place on campus?
I’m usually found at Bobst library although I also sometimes like working in the back of the International Relations Program on the 5th floor of 19 University Place!
What do you like best about student life at NYU?
I have really enjoyed getting to participate in simulated international negotiations, both at NYU and American University in Washington DC. Getting to meet so many intelligent, engaged students of international relations has been fantastic.
What is the best thing about living in NYC?
My favorite part of living in NYC, other than getting to spend time with my parents, is the international food scene. Nowhere else can you find such an eclectic mix of cuisines and ingredients.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has this program prepared you for that?
This Fall I will be attending the John Hopkins-Nanjing University Center’s Joint-Certificate Program on US-Chinese Relations in Nanjing. New York University has given me critical soft and hard skills to succeed as a practitioner of international relations in the 21st century. It also gave me opportunities to form crucial connections in both the public and private sectors. Although I have chosen to pursue an additional two semesters in Nanjing to hone my Chinese language skills and knowledge on Chinese business and financial law, I am confident that I am well prepared to begin a rewarding career in international affairs on the strength of this program alone.
Last updated August 20th, 2019