Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Why I Decided to Study in New York City


By Jaspreet Kaur
Student: New York University 

Called the Big Apple, I have always been fascinated by New York City, this multi-cultured, dynamic city ever since my first visit in 2008. My brother’s family migrated to the U.S. in 2008 and that opened a window of opportunity for me to come and visit the country.

Although, New York has faced some of the worst human tragedies in the US history, from Sep’11 attacks to the gigantic storm “Sandy” yet this multifaceted city has evolved magnificently as an institution in itself with over 800 languages being spoken and people all over the globe co-existing in perfect harmony with each other. Ever Since my arrival, I have made friends with people from different parts of the world including Puerto Rico, M√©xico, Ecuador etc. Learning about their culture, sharing food and celebrating together has added to the memories which I will cherish for a lifetime.

The city offers the widest range of educational opportunities with some of the world’s best universities, schools and colleges situated here. From an Ivy League university, Columbia to world renowned New York University, the city is filled with incredible education opportunities. In fact, New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school system in the US with budget larger than any other school district across the nation. For me, getting into New York University was a dream come true. It opened new avenues for me in this “Land of Opportunities”. Indeed New York City is the best place to realize one’s goals and dreams. Being in the financial capital of the world, the city houses seven of the largest media conglomerates, ten local news stations and more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in US. Rightly mentioned as “the capital of the world” it is the center for global finance, fashion, communication, art, law and business. It also houses a wide variety of international organizations including NYSE, NASDAQ, World Trade Center and the United Nations. I feel quite overwhelmed by the kind of exposure I have received ever since I arrived here. With another year left in school, I have had the privilege of working with UN Secretariat, UNDP, the NYC government and Fitch Ratings so far.

The city offers tons of entertainment opportunities from Broadway shows to operas, stand-up comedy shows to endless music festivals and concerts happening year round. As a food lover, New York approves to be a paradise for me; it’s a melting pot belonging to various ethnicities that peacefully co-exist here. Places like Chinatown, Little Korea and Little Italy offers affordable culinary enclaves’ affordable food restaurants. One can find food from any part of the world including, Jewish, Indian and Japanese. Five boroughs of the New York City namely Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island offer some 400 distinct neighborhoods. These boroughs are well connected through NYC’s subway system. From upper west side to Chinatown, Williamsburg in Brooklyn or Astoria in Queens each place offers its own ambiance and diverse flavor. I often enjoy taking walks across various bridges connecting these boroughs, an evening stroll walk the Brooklyn Bridge has been my favorite one of all.

Enthusiastic students like me who enjoy sports can cheer their favorite baseball team the Yankees or the Mets in two of the newly constructed stadiums of Citi Field and Yankee stadium. Among prominent sporting events offered by city includes U.S. Tennis Open and the Amateur Boxing Golden Gloves. The city also offers some of the best shopping locations s including the world’s largest Macy’s store, M&M’s World and Barneys etc. I often visit Ganesha Temple located in Queens and greatly relish the South Indian food that’s often catered at its canteen.


There are certainly various challenges which I came across including accommodation, commuting through subways and handling cultural barriers and differences. Culturally, India and the U.S. are two different countries e.g. in the U.S. everyone is highly private about their performances, grades are never shared, failures and accomplishments are not publicly discussed. It takes a while to get used to New York’s fast way of life, though I find the average New Yorker to be very supportive. It is indeed a place where education never stops and I’m extremely proud to be part of it.
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Jaspreet is a current New York University (NYU) student pursuing a masters in public administration and expected to graduate in 2015. Jaspreet has been a devoted educator for almost 7 years now and is a huge fan of self reflection. Jaspreet joined back school after a decade because she felt the need to upgrade and enhance her professional skills and explore newer avenues.



3 comments:

  1. I stayed in New York before going to canadian bus tours and lived there for two years for studies. Basically I am from North Carolina and came to this region just because of nice educational opportunities. I am a big fan of this state because there are lots of things to do and see. I love the statue of Liberty.

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  2. New York is amazing not only for studying but living there over all. I remember when I visited the Big Apple with my girlfriend one winter. We stayed at Z Hotel that we booked with hotels in New York. We loved our stay. Especially romantic was the view at night. After that I have always wanted to live there.

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  3. As i've heard, new york is a very sweet state to study and live in. I pray to come up there next year or two years.

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