How has the experience changed or enhanced your future academic and career goals?
SiNY was particularly insightful as it allowed me to understood which specific skills I would require the most throughout my career after graduation. After coming back from SiNY, I now have a much better understanding of which courses I need to take, and which skills I should focus on developing the most.
Why did you choose to study off campus in New York?
I had been abroad in Berlin during my sophomore year at Stanford, and found that studying abroad gave me varying perspectives on important life decisions - including those related to my career path, friendships, and family. More specifically, I chose to attend SiNY in order to have a glimpse at what life would be like when I (unfortunately) have to leave the Stanford bubble.
What did you learn about yourself while you were studying off campus?
While at SiNY, I learned that I enjoy exploring the city - especially getting to know what each neighbourhood was known for, and what it had to offer.
What was the most memorable experience you had while you were in New York?
It really is hard to pick one memorable experience from my time in SiNY, but it would probably be either karaoke night with the entire SiNY crew, or going to a Rangers game with colleagues from work.
What 5 words would you use to describe your experience?
Stimulating, Gratifying, Active, Enlightening, Joyful
What was your favourite part of your everyday life in New York?
Simply riding the subway to and from work was always a pleasant experience. Moreover, everyday is different, and a number of interactions could occur on any given day.
What advice would you give to someone who was considering studying in New York?
Definitely do it! SiNY is a one in a lifetime opportunity to explore potential career paths, take unique classes, and most importantly, to do so with an incredible group of Stanford students.
What was the biggest cultural adjustment you had to make?
In my case, the biggest adjustment I had to make was simply adapting to city life. Having lived in the suburbs for most of my life, New York City was initially overwhelming; however, I quickly learned to navigate myself around town, and even learned to like the noise!
Checking the weather every day and planning ahead for weather that changed day to day. Out here in California, you basically know what you’re getting in terms of weather, so being kept on your toes in that sense was really fun and different.
Walking through the World Trade Center on the first day of my job (at Amex, across the street in the World Financial Center) and being totally overwhelmed and in awe.
Dynamic, motivated, delicious, unexpected, inspiring.
I never thought I’d give finance any thought, so doing an internship in finance in the financial district and realizing that there are aspects of finance that I’m into has inspired career decisions that I wasn’t thinking about. Also, I now know that I like living in New York and that I can do it.