Yulia Lapina graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2018. She grew up in Milan, Italy, and Moscow, Russia and completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science from Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I work for Human Rights Watch in the General Counsel’s office. As many do in the organization, I wear many hats and do everything starting from administrative support, to proofing and editing documents, to research on topics of international human rights.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
The program gave me the chance to focus on what I’m really passionate about, which is international human rights. With this knowledge, I feel confident when researching topics such as safeguarding children, international copyright and privacy law and criminal justice in the US.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
The program gave me significant freedom in shaping my degree that other universities didn’t allow. Except for a few core classes, I had total decisional power in choosing the classes that I thought would be more relevant for my growth. Also, I had the chance to choose a regional concentration, which added value to my degree.
Which was the class you most enjoyed? And the one in which you learned the most?
I really enjoyed the European Geopolitics class with Professor Williams. I grew up and studied in Europe, so I felt connected to my previous study and work experience and could contribute that knowledge to the class. I learned the most from Professor Rama’s class on Ethnicity. I wrote my thesis on the ethnic tensions in Ukraine, thus it was very relevant and I could benefit from Prof’s Rama incredibly vast expertise.
What advice would you give to future students of the program?
Don’t worry too much, you’ll make it and do great!
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
It will sound very nerdy, but I loved the library. Especially the 8th floor: it gives you an amazing view of the park. I loved the flexibility of student life at NYU. I was able to manage my time and schedule, which allowed me to take on extra-curricular activities, internships, and attend many events.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?
The best thing about living in NYC is having endless options for places to see, entertainment, and food always available to you, any day, at any time.
Last updated May 10th, 2019