Campus & Community articles from '2013'

  1. NYUAD Celebrates National Day

    NYUAD Celebrates National Day

    An evening filled with performances, Emirati cuisine, and local traditions, NYUAD's National Day festivities brought the University community together to celebrate the UAE's 42nd birthday.

  2. Students from UAE Universities Convene for Sila Conference

    In late November, 60 students from eight universities within the UAE convened for the second Sila Conference. Selected from a total of 122 applicants, delegates from Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Khalifa University, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), the Petroleum Institute, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD), and Zayed University formed 12 five-member teams to brainstorm how to preserve Arab culture and identity as the Abu Dhabi Government proceeds with Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, a long-term city development project.

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    NYUAD to Celebrate UAE's 42nd National Day

    When NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Mohammed Alblooshi approaches the microphone to sing the UAE's national anthem this coming Thursday, he will be excited, he will be nervous, but most importantly, he will be proud. "This is an honor for me. I have only lived in the UAE for two of my 18 years, but being Emirati is something I take great pride in," Alblooshi said.

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    NYUAD Senior Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

    Congratulations to NYU Abu Dhabi senior Alexander Wang, who has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. As NYUAD's first Rhodes Scholar, Wang will begin pursuing his postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford in the fall of next year.

  5. NYUAD Community Celebrates Diwali

    NYUAD Community Celebrates Diwali

    The percussion of Dhol drums echoed throughout NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus garden this past Thursday as the University community gathered to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Everything from sky to ground was decorated in the spirit of celebration, from streamers of lights hanging overhead to an illustration of a bird vibrantly colored in tikka and flower petals spread out on the ground. Many students dressed in ornate saris and kurtas for the occasion and upon arrival, each visitor received a stroke of red tikka on his or her forehead as a sign of welcome.

  6. NYUAD Community Participates in Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    NYUAD Community Participates in Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    From October 24 to November 2, the city of Abu Dhabi welcomed directors, screenwriters, and performers as the Abu Dhabi Film Festival marked its fifth opening. This year, the Emirates Palace and the VOX cinema in Marina Mall screened films from 51 countries, including the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian regions. Question and answer sessions following the screenings provided cinemagoers with the valuable opportunity to dialogue with filmmakers about their works.

  7. Student Production of M.D. (or the whale) Showcases Experimental Take on Melville's Moby-Dick

    Student Production of M.D. (or the whale) Showcases Experimental Take on Melville's Moby-Dick

    The NYU Abu Dhabi student production of M.D. (or the whale) summoned crowds of theatergoers to Manarat Al Saadiyat earlier this month. A collaboration between Witness Relocation, a New York City-based theater and dance company, and NYUAD students, M.D. (or the whale) wove together dance, wrestling, music, and video projection in a revolutionary exploration of daily life on Captain Ahab's ship in Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick.

  8. NYUAD Junior Opens Installation at Chilean Museum of Human Rights and Memory

    NYUAD Junior Opens Installation at Chilean Museum of Human Rights and Memory

    On a September evening at the Museum of Human Rights and Memory in Chile, NYU Abu Dhabi junior Nikolai Kozak opened ROSTRO, an installation honoring the 40th anniversary of the 1973 coup d'etat that marked the beginning of the country's three-decade-long military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Kozak's first officially commissioned project, ROSTRO — which means "face" in Spanish — was also the largest art installation to be featured in the 40 years of the event's commemoration, covering the museum's facade with faces of the victims of the dictatorship.

  9. NYUAD Students Explore Opportunities at University Internship and Career Fair

    NYUAD Students Explore Opportunities at University Internship and Career Fair

    Students clad in business attire gathered at NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus on the evening of September 22 for the annual Internship and Career Fair, organized by the University's Career Development Center (CDC). This year marked the first year that the Fair offered full-time job recruitment as well as internship opportunities. Thirty-six organizations were present with booths where students could speak with representatives, share their CVs, and discover new paths toward future careers.

  10. NYUAD Invites UAE Community to Join Marathon Reading Event

    NYUAD Invites UAE Community to Join Marathon Reading Event

    In anticipation of the upcoming NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program performance of M.D. (or the whale), members of the NYUAD community have begun a marathon reading of Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick, which inspired the stage production. Expected to take approximately 24 hours over three and a half days, the event, sponsored by the University's Program in Literature and Creative Writing, is open to the public. Local community members are invited to drop in and listen, or to volunteer to read a chapter or two.

  11. NYUAD Teams Compete in Green Abu Dhabi Mangroves Cleanup

    NYUAD Teams Compete in Green Abu Dhabi Mangroves Cleanup

    By Alex Heald, NYUAD Student Life

    While some of their peers used a recent weekend to catch up on sleep or homework, a group of 26 NYU Abu Dhabi students and three staff members braved the heat and humidity to help clean up one of the capital's most beautiful natural resources, the coastal mangrove forests. These forests provide a safe home and breeding ground for a variety of animal species, as well as preserve the environmental integrity of a developing city, yet they are often mistreated and at risk. "The land around the mangroves is open for public use," said staff volunteer Jenn Shaffer. "People will come with their families and have picnics on Fridays, and we came afterwards to pick up everything they left behind."

  12. NYUAD Artists Spend Summer in Vietnam, Complete "Forty from Afar"

    NYUAD Artists Spend Summer in Vietnam, Complete "Forty from Afar"

    By James Hunt, NYUAD Class of 2014

    This summer found me in an atypical setting — in Hoi An, Vietnam, a town of 120,000 inhabitants on the South China Sea. Alongside NYU Abu Dhabi junior Anna Kurkova, I immersed myself in the local community and created a series of artworks focusing on an anthropological study. Titled "Forty From Afar," the series comprised a total of 40 works on canvas and in watercolor.

  13. Students Create Connections through Squares

    Students Create Connections through Squares

    This month, four NYU students — Geo Kamus, Diana Gluck, and Haley Smith from NYU Abu Dhabi and Alexandra Lenihan from NYU New York — launched Squares, an initiative designed to connect students from various universities across the UAE.

  14. President Sexton Welcomes NYUAD Students, Introduces Real AD Show

    Applause rang out in the Abu Dhabi Theater earlier this month as NYU Abu Dhabi students, faculty, and staff attended the annual Presidential Welcome and Real AD Show, a production that depicts the realities of being an NYUAD student.

  15. NYUAD Welcomes 175 Freshmen from 72 Countries

    With the arrival of the Class of 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi — for the first time in its four-year history — now has a complete student body, from freshmen to seniors. Welcoming some 175 talented students representing 72 countries around the globe, members of the freshman class, like those in previous classes, demonstrated impressive academic credentials before their arrival at NYUAD, with test score results comparable to those of the world's most prestigious institutions. 

  16. Marhaba 2013 Welcomes Class of 2017

    Class of 2017 Shares Memories of Marhaba

    For the members of the Class of 2017, who arrived in Abu Dhabi a week before the fall semester began, the Marhaba orientation was a chance to learn about the inner workings of NYU Abu Dhabi, meet the staff and faculty members that will assist them on their academic journeys, get acquainted with their fellow classmates, and, of course, have a little fun before cracking open the books.

  17. Marhaba 2013 Welcomes Class of 2017

    Marhaba 2013 Welcomes Class of 2017

    A group of bright young leaders, dreamers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, writers, and explorers arrived at NYU Abu Dhabi at the end of August with an eagerness to start new journeys and expand their horizons. The University welcomed the Class of 2017 during Marhaba 2013, an exciting week of informative sessions, city tours, and fun-filled events. Throughout the week, the freshman class built strong connections and adjusted to their new environment. Marhaba was also a great opportunity for students to explore the University's resources, meet the staff, and get acquainted with their professors and mentors. Check out the gallery to see just a few images of Marhaba 2013.

  18. NYUAD Students Discuss Eye-opening UAE Summer Internships in The National

    The opportunity to intern at the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in Ras Al Khaimah this summer has given two NYUAD students the chance to engage more deeply with the Emirati community and learn about traditions in the Emirates outside of Abu Dhabi, The National reported last week. Leah Reynolds and Petrus Layarda (both Class of 2014), who have been working on research projects with the organization, said the opportunity has enhanced their academic experiences and given them deeper insight into local culture and traditions.

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    Students' Community Garden Proposal Wins First Place in Musahamati Youth Competition

    During their first three years at New York University Abu Dhabi, Nahuel Rosa and Irene Pañeda (both Class of 2014) have been on plenty of urban adventures around the capital. But these strolls have been more research than recreation. The purpose: to learn what residents love about their community, and learn what would make it even better.

  20. The Louvre Abu Dhabi Presents Birth of a Museum

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi Presents Birth of a Museum

    For those eagerly awaiting the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (scheduled for 2015), the Birth of a Museum exhibit offers an exciting sneak preview. The first large-scale presentation of the museum's permanent collection, the exhibition showcases 130 works, many of which have never before been seen.

  21. Looking Back on 2012-13

    With the summer holidays just days away, Salaam caught up with a few students and asked them to reflect on the past academic year. Despite putting finishing touches on papers, last-minute studying for exams, packing their bags, and seeing fellow classmates one last time, they spared a few moments to talk about the year's highlights, their discoveries and summer plans, and what they most look forward to come fall semester.

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    Festival of Student Work Marks End of Academic Year

    As in last May's Journeys exhibition, the end of this academic year saw an array of student work on display at NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus. Including everything from films and essays to performances and visual art, the Festival of Student Work showcased a range of projects across disciplines and divisions and encouraged the University community to come together for one final event before dispersing for the summer.

  23. Recipients of NYUAD's 2013 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships Announced

    This summer, 32 high-achieving students will begin their first year of the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy — a rigorous 18-month enrichment program — as recipients of the 2013 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students. Now in its third year, the program offers an immersive educational experience that prepares Abu Dhabi-based Emirati students for entry into top-tier English-language universities throughout the world — including NYUAD.

  24. Globetrotting NYUAD Junior Highlighted in Hometown Magazine

    Globetrotting NYUAD Junior Highlighted in Hometown Magazine

    As Oklahoma's The Outlook Magazine recently reported, NYU Abu Dhabi junior Zachary Stanley "is no secret agent. But he's been around the world more times than James Bond." In a nod to the University's encouragement of global exploration, the May article, "I've Been Everywhere, Man," discusses Stanley's personal and course-related travels and highlights what he's gained from experiencing cultures different than his own.

  25. Linajma Offers Extracurricular Learning Opportunities to NYUAD Community

    Linajma Offers Extracurricular Learning Opportunities to NYUAD Community

    By Clara Bicalho Maia Correia, Class of 2016

    Linajma, which means "to come together" in Arabic, is NYU Abu Dhabi's non-credit learning program that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills and foster public engagement among members of the University and the city of Abu Dhabi at large. Posters across campus reminded students, faculty, staff, and guests that this spring's Linajma Showcase was, indeed, a time to come together.

  26. NYUAD Students Participate in 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    NYUAD Students Participate in 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    Everybody knows that books are the perfect companions for rainy days. Fortunately, on one of the recent drizzly weekends in Abu Dhabi, the NYUAD Arabic department gathered students to visit the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. There, students wandered among teetering columns of novels, magazines, and religious texts as they learned more about the world of Arab and international literature.

  27. NYUAD Student Film Screened At Zumeff For Third Year Running

    NYUAD Student Film Screened at ZUMEFF for Third Year Running

    For the third consecutive year, an NYU Abu Dhabi student's work has been screened at the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF), now in its fourth year. Sophomore Nikolai Kozak's film, Saudade, was selected for the Narrative category at the Festival, which was held on the Zayed University campus on April 29.

  28. NYUAD Community Showcases Talents at Open Mic Night

    NYU Abu Dhabi students, staff, and faculty gathered in the University's Common Ground on April 26 for the last Open Mic Night of the academic year. From belly dancing to monologues and poetry reciting to capoeira rodas, participants showcased their unique talents for the rest of the NYUAD community.

  29. Earth Day Event Brings Environmental Awareness to NYUAD

    Earth Day Event Brings Environmental Awareness to NYUAD

    On April 22 NYU Abu Dhabi exchanged fluorescent light bulbs for eco-friendly candles as the University celebrated Earth Day with an assortment of booths, informational talks, and song and dance.

  30. Musician in Residence Program Welcomes Cellist and Arranger Fabio Pelligatti

    Musician in Residence Program Welcomes Cellist and Arranger Fabio Pellegatti

    NYU Abu Dhabi's music lovers were in for a treat earlier this month when renowned cellist and arranger Fabio Pellegatti spent two weeks on campus. The second notable musician to visit the University as part of the Musician in Residence program, he shared his broad approach to musicianship with music majors and non-music majors alike and focused special attention on strings, chamber music, and arrangement and orchestration.

  31. NYUAD Students Perform The Odyssey

    NYUAD Students Perform The Odyssey

    April 18 marked the long-awaited opening night of NYU Abu Dhabi's student-led production of The Odyssey, adapted and directed by NYUAD Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo. Performed at Manarat al Saadiyat, the show was the collaborative effort of student actors as well as artists, directors, and producers from both NYUAD and Theater Mitu, Polendo's professional theater company.

  32. Seven Countries Celebrated During NYUAD Asian Night

    NYUAD's Asian Night Celebrates Heritage and Culture

    On April 12, an oriental breeze rushed through NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus garden as the University community and visitors from the Asian community in Abu Dhabi gathered together to celebrate Asian Night, hosted by the NYUAD Office of Intercultural Affairs. Students representing Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China manned booths displaying their peoples' unique heritages. Adorned in traditional clothes, students served the best of their cultures' cuisines from the festively decorated booths, proudly introducing their customs to event participants.

  33. NYUAD Engineers for Social Impact Build Community Center in Syria

    NYUAD Engineers for Social Impact Build Community Center in Sri Lanka

    When NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Eder Munya journeyed to Sri Lanka during spring break to build a community center alongside his fellow engineering classmates, he found himself receiving help from some unexpected but enthusiastic volunteers.

  34. Two NYUAD Students Receive NYU President's Service Award

    NYU Abu Dhabi students, sophomore Mandy Tan and junior Jorge Zárate, have each received an NYU President's Service Award. Now in its 28th year, the award recognizes valuable members among the NYU community, students or student organizations that have made outstanding contributions to campus life, the student population, and the university network as a whole.

  35. NYUAD Junior Named Truman Scholar

    NYUAD Junior Named 2013 Truman Scholar

    Congratulations to NYU Abu Dhabi junior Alexander Wang, the University's first Truman Scholar and NYU's third since 2007. A prestigious honor awarded on the basis of leadership abilities, potential intellectual achievement, and commitment to a career in public service, the scholarship recognizes Wang's work with migrant worker communities.

  36. The National Reviews First Library of Arabic Literature Publication

    A review of the first publication released by NYU Abu Dhabi's Library of Arabic Literature was published in The National this past weekend. The book, Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology, was edited and translated by Geert Jan van Gelder, Arabist and until recently Laudian professor of Arabic at Oxford University, and published by New York University Press.

  37. NYUAD runners travel to Cyprus for Limassol marathon

    NYUAD Runners Travel to Cyprus for Limassol Marathon

    The crack of the gun marked the opening of the Limassol Marathon, held on March 24 in Limassol, Cyprus. Taking off from the seafront of Molos, 19 runners from NYUAD — nine students and three staff members in the half marathon and seven students in the full marathon — ran along the spectacular coastline of Limassol, known to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.

  38. NYUAD sophomores participate in inaugural NYU global ideas exchange

    NYUAD Sophomores Participate in Inaugural NYU Global Idea Exchange

    By Mastewal Terefe, NYUAD Class of 2015

    As a tangible demonstration of the intellectual and creative capacity within NYU's global network, 1,624 of its members recently took part in the inaugural Global Idea Exchange (GIE). They shared inspirations, proposed creative ideas, and applauded or developed others' ideas on an online platform in order to answer the question: How might we activate the potential of cities to ignite a modern renaissance? Although achieving "a modern renaissance" seemed to some a grandiose and ambitious challenge, the 122 resulting ideas posted on the global platform suggest numerous ways through which the social and scientific realities of our time can be positively transformed.

  39. Student Performers Gather for Global Shakespeare Festival

    Student Performers Gather for Global Shakespeare Festival

    Recently, NYU Abu Dhabi welcomed student performers from NYU New York, the American University of Sharjah, Bryn Mawr, Cairo University, Haverford, and Swarthmore for the Global Shakespeare Student Festival. Organized by NYUAD's Associate Dean of Humanities Cyrus R.K. Patell and Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo, NYUNY's Dean of the Gallatin School Susanne Wofford, and Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English at Bryn Mawr, the festival included performer-led workshops and master classes focused on "making" theater and "thinking" theater, as well as two evenings of performances during which each group showcased their adaptations of Shakespeare's works.

  40. Teaching English at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre

    Teaching English at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre

    For NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Juliana Bello, volunteering at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre is a natural extension of the work she did in her home state of New Jersey before leaving for university. Having tutored children at HomeFront, a US organization that aims to end homelessness in Central New Jersey, Bello is an experienced teacher who enjoys helping those she would "otherwise have little access to."

  41. ADISL Holds First International Sports Festival

    ADISL Holds First Invitational Sports Festival

    The first Abu Dhabi Inter-university Sports League (ADISL) Invitational Sports Festival was held earlier this month. Welcoming the men's and women's soccer and basketball teams from the American University of Kuwait (AUK) to the UAE, athletes from three ADISL schools — Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Masdar Institute, and NYU Abu Dhabi — gathered in the capital for three days of competition.

  42. First Public Beach Opens on Saadiyat Island

    When NYUAD's permanent campus opens in 2014, students, faculty, and staff will be just minutes from Saadiyat Island's first public beach, which has opened just in time for beachgoers to take advantage of Abu Dhabi's comfortable spring temperatures.

  43.  UAE Artists Exhibit Works at NYUAD Campus

    UAE-based Artists Exhibit Works on NYUAD Campus

    NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus has once again been transformed into an art gallery. Currently, the University is hosting two solo exhibitions by UAE-based artists Mohammed Kazem and Jessica Mein.

  44. NYUAD Team Wins Masdar Institute's Mind Rewind Competition

    NYUAD Team Wins Masdar Institute's Mind Rewind Competition

    By Sumit Dahal, NYUAD Class of 2015

    With just seven seconds to answer each question, NYU Abu Dhabi students had to think fast at the Masdar Institute's recent "Mind Rewind" Competition. This general knowledge competition looked to enhance the relationship between universities in Abu Dhabi while fostering a spirit of competition, increasing intellectual prowess in a broad range of areas, and providing an extra-curricular activity that was intellectually stimulating. The slogan of this year's inter-university brain challenge was "Rewind & Re-watch" and topics included current affairs, sports, literature, science, and entertainment. The NYUAD team, consisting of sophomores Sumit Dahal and Craig Breckenridge and freshmen Nandita Chaturvedi and Daniel Brown, faced off against teams from the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, the Masdar Institute, and the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

  45. NYUAD Students Race Against the Clock in 24-hour Film Challenge

    Despite the popularity of NYU Abu Dhabi's 24-hour Film Race, the screening for this year's event was a cozy affair. Piles of beanbags, soda pop, and cups of popcorn made for an intimate ambiance, one that encouraged the mingling of students and faculty as they waited for the event to start. The room was buzzing with excited chatter and an almost palpable anticipation, which erupted into actual cheering as the lights dimmed and the screen flickered to life.

  46. Global Think Tank Aims to Better Integrate Study-abroad Students at NYUAD

    The small size of NYU Abu Dhabi's student population means, for most, a tight-knit community, intimate social circles, and the luxury of knowing almost everyone on campus. However, this perk can also have its drawbacks. Study-abroad students spending semesters in Abu Dhabi may find that many NYUAD students have already established close relationships with each other and may feel intimidated by the University's close-knit environment. This was the impetus for the recent Global Think Tank, a competition hosted at NYU Abu Dhabi that aimed to find ways to integrate study-abroad students into the University community in a seamless and organic manner, thus eliminating feelings of exclusion and instead forming connections between NYUNY and NYUAD students that would result in academically and socially meaningful study-abroad experiences.

  47. Discussing Coastal Urbanization and Environmental Change

    Discussing Coastal Urbanization and Environmental Change in Sydney

    By Carmen Germaine, NYUAD Class of 2014

    This January, a group of 14 NYUAD students gathered in Sydney, Australia, for the University's Coastal Urbanization and Environmental Change J-Term course. An almost equal mix of juniors and sophomores, many of us looked forward to the opportunity to travel to a new place and conquer our science lab requirement efficiently. But along the way, we explored the beautiful city of Sydney and learned about how we interact with and influence our coastal ecosystems — for better and (more often) for worse.

  48. NYUAD Community Reflects on Feminism

    NYUAD Community Reflects on Feminism

    An unfinished sentence on a small whiteboard caught students' eyes as they searched for tables at NYUAD's dining halls and curious passersby stopped as members of the University's Women's Leadership Network (WLN) waved pens and invited them to finish the sentence: "Feminism is important because..."

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    Looking to the Past in Berlin

    By Emlyn Van Eps, NYUAD Class of 2016

    Of all the months to visit Berlin, January is not a popular one. Temperatures fall well below freezing and the strong wind blows dry, powdery snow off of curbs and into your face. On the first day of my January Term course, Memory and the City: Berlin in 20th-Century History and Literature, the class made its way to the Brandenburg gate for a two-hour tour of the nearby monuments and memorials. We had been told to layer up, and while many of us did, I found myself burying my face in my scarf to keep my nose from going numb. Ignoring the cold, I scribbled down notes as our equally cold tour guide discussed with us the reconstruction of the Reichstag and the buildings around the Brandenburg gate. But once we got to the memorial dedicated to the Roma, or gypsies, killed during the holocaust, I forgot the cold completely.

  50. NYUAD Chinese Cultural Club Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration

    NYUAD Chinese Cultural Club Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration

    For me, having spent past Lunar New Years with relatives in Shanghai, the holiday has been one of indulgence. It's a time for fat tangerines bursting with juice, chocolate coin showers, and generous relatives flapping red hongbaos in their hands. Not to mention the family feasts, which lead to a tremendous nationwide spike in calorie intake that can only (possibly) be rivaled by Thanksgiving in North America. This year, however, instead of an extravagant celebration marked by the sputter of firecrackers and colorful blurs of dragon dancing, the NYUAD Chinese Cultural Club went back to the basics and hosted a low-key celebration that focused on food.

  51. Life and Art, Florentine Style

    Life and Art — Florentine Style

    By Valentina Vela, NYUAD Class of 2015

    Before leaving for January Term at NYU Florence, I feared that language would be a barrier between the people of Florence and me. As it turns out, the locals I had a chance to interact with were always patient, warm, and very, very funny. Not only were the Florentines amused and thankful to hear a few awkward ciaos and grazies, they were ready to correct me and increase my vocabulary with some alloras and pregos. The people of Florence have a way of enjoying life, and they seemed interested in making sure we did too. And we did.

  52. Self-discovery Through Nation Building

    Self-discovery through Nation-building

    By Daria Karaulova, NYUAD Class of 2014

    Being a junior at NYU Abu Dhabi means being part of an exciting adventure filled with ups and downs, astonishing successes, unexpected obstacles, uncertainties, aspirations, opportunities, ambitions, and hopes. After spending my sophomore year abroad at NYU Buenos Aires and NYU Paris, I expected to be more settled with my future goals. Instead, I found myself wondering about the diversity of my experiences and gained knowledge that had generated many great ideas and passions, but also about how these ideas and passions lacked structure. I had a set of colorful threads in my hands, but couldn't figure out the pattern they should follow.

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    Experiencing Abu Dhabi through J-Term Exploration

    Holding the tiny raisin between two fingers, I prepared myself for one of the most challenging exercises of my academic career. The premise was simple: describe the food in front of you — its taste, smell, texture, and appearance — and yet, I found myself utterly at a loss. What might be the proper words to describe a raisin? The only response my scrambled brain could muster was "raisin-y," and I had a feeling that this vivid description probably wouldn't suffice. In my whole life, I'd never thought I'd feel so confounded and challenged by a piece of dried fruit.

  54. NYUAD Freshman Finds Inspiration at the Future Centre for Special Needs

    By Imen Haddad, NYUAD Class of 2016

    As I rode to the Future Centre for Special Needs (FCSN) on my first day of volunteering, I thought about the children I was about to meet, about everything that I wanted to say to them, and about how to behave. I had no idea what my role was to be, or even if I would be in direct contact with the children. Ultimately, I didn't know whether I should treat them in a special way because of their "special needs." But throughout my first day, my uncertainty turned to realization as I began interacting with a class of girls aged six to 15.

  55. Interwoven Pasts of Spain and Morocco, a Journey in Search of Knowledge

    Interwoven Pasts of Spain and Morocco, a Journey in Search of Knowledge

    By Amani Alsaied, NYUAD Class of 2014

    The Interwoven Pasts of Spain and Morocco January Term course left us in awe of the gorgeous cities we visited and the incredibly rich and complicated inter-religious history we learned about. Now that it's over, it is hard to believe that the class took only three short weeks of January to complete…so, where to begin this post?

  56. Recollections of London

    Recollections of London

    By Jeffrey Mei, NYUAD Class of 2015

    I had always wanted to visit London, but never had due to its long distance away. My January Term course, Enlightenment and its Institutions, however, gave me the chance to finally see the city and all of its many museums and galleries.

  57. Exploring the Cultural Complexity of Buenos Aires

    Exploring the Cultural Complexity of Buenos Aires

    By Darina Gancheva, NYUAD Class of 2014

    Leaving Buenos Aires is not easy. And it was especially difficult for me after having seen and learned how special and unique of a place it is. This January Term I was lucky enough to be enrolled in a course in Buenos Aires called Metropolis: Culture and Politics in the 21st-Century City. My classmates and I dived into the complicated history, culture, and politics of the Argentinean capital in order to find out more about the dynamic processes of urbanization. Buenos Aires was our classroom: our architectural tours, lectures by local experts, and everyday interactions with the city (which we wrote about in our daily blogs) helped us become immersed in the magical world of Buenos Aires.

  58. The National Catches up with the Class of 2014

    For a recent article, The National spoke with a handful of NYUAD juniors about their decision to attend the University and their experiences at NYUAD, as well as their post-graduation plans. "After three years in Abu Dhabi, many of the students are keen to give back to the country in the spheres of culture, art, politics, and economics," the article states. Indeed, as Joshua Shirley said, "I would love to stay in Abu Dhabi after graduation, to give back to the city that has given so much to me and to explore it in a professional rather than academic context.