By Kyra Baffo

There is something about studying abroad in your own country. Although we only switched coasts, New York felt like a new world. At the conclusion of the program, I honestly felt like I hadn’t even scratched the surface of all the city had to offer, nonetheless, traveled to neighboring Boston, Philly, or D.C. If you are planning on embarking on your Travel Study experience, I urge you not to rule out domestic locations. I must say, it was nice to know we did not need to deal with new international rules and customs, passports, or language barriers. The familiarity made it our experience more seamless and flexible. New York is a great city to dissect, and I can assure you that you will have just as much (if not MORE) more fun than your peers studying abroad in other locations. Plus, if you are participating in the Global Studies Travel Study program, you will be in the best location to learn about primary international institutions that govern our world.

All in all, my experience in New York was unforgettable. Our cohort of 25, whom many I did not know upon starting the program, became some of my closest friends. The lack of a “campus” at NYU meant that as soon as we left the comfort of our dorms, we were fully immersed in the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Village. Washington Square Park was a city in itself, and was the study spot of choice for those of us looking to get some fresh air and people watch. The sheer accessibility of everything in the city due to the incredibly efficient transportation system made exploring new areas a breeze, and stumbling upon hidden gems happened constantly. I will leave you with my biggest words of advice for prospective NYC Travel Study Participants:

  1. Don’t overpack. Yes, you will be here for a month. But most of the items you’ll need for your dorms can be purchased at CVS/Target/Kmart upon arrival and it will help you avoid having an overweight suitcase.
  2. Stay ahead on the readings and make sure you familiarize yourself with the speakers beforehand.
  3. Try something new in the city everyday. And don’t be afraid to explore on your own. It’s not the scary, dangerous city that is often depicted on television. It really is quite safe, especially since you will be based in Greenwich Village. So, don’t be afraid to do a little solo traveling.

4. Eat lots and lots of food. If you are a ramen fan and/or if you are ready to try the greatest ramen of your life, check out Tabetomo. Deli fan? Katz Deli is your spot. In the mood for delicious falafel, lentil soup, and baklava? Check out Mamouns (Right around the corner from the dorms!)

5. Enjoy the city’s nightlife. Rooftop venues never get old.

6. Bring a camera. Time flies when you are on this program and before you know it, you’ll be flying back to LA. You will want to cherish every memory because when else will you be having the time of your life in NYC with your peers.

7.Don’t take the shuttle to the airport. Slight chance you might miss your flight.

Kyra studied abroad in New York in Summer 2019.