Nada Ammagui

Home Region
Middle East and North Africa/ USA

What I'm Studying
Arab Crossroads Studies
Art History

Favorite Campus Food
Bircher muesli at breakfast with honey, almonds, and chocolate chips

Favorite Abu Dhabi Activities
Watch the sunset at the Corniche with a Cold Stone ice cream or Chatime bubble tea in hand

Student ambassador, vocal ensemble, exercise at the Fitness Center, give tours at NYUAD Art Gallery

Me in a Nutshell
Fashionista-wannabe, full-time library inhabitant

"In the fall of my senior year of high school, I had my heart set on attending NYU in New York."

I conducted extensive research on every aspect of the university like dorm videos on YouTube, average stats, College Confidential forums, etc.

However, I attended an off-campus NYU open house and met an Abu Dhabi campus representative. He gave such a convincing spiel about the campus, the programs, and the student body at NYUAD that I decided to switch my primary choice on the common application to the Abu Dhabi campus just a few days before the application deadline.

The international appeal and student body that I encountered during Candidate Weekend were the main reasons that I wanted attend NYUAD.

Besides the academic rigor and prospect of studying at such a beautiful campus, I was particularly excited about having peers from over 100 countries, with whom I could have riveting conversations, and alongside whom I could develop academically and grow personally.

NYUAD was the only place where I felt that I could get a truly high quality global education – a place where I could learn from both my accomplished professors and my inspiring peers.

Nada Ammagui, Class of 2020

I did not have a concrete idea of what I wanted to study.

However, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of NYUAD’s strategic location in order to learn about and explore the surrounding region.

After browsing the list of majors offered, I realized that what I really wanted to do was learn about the Arab world, its role as the geographical center of the Eastern Hemisphere, and the cross-cultural interactions that shaped the Arab world as we know it today.

I decided to pursue Arab Crossroads Studies to learn about the Arab world through diverse subjects.

It gives me the opportunity to explore these topics first-hand due to their geographical relevance and proximity.

My first two years consisted of various courses from several fields relating to the Arab world, such as music, politics, and history.

The Arab Crossroads Studies program allows me to develop a deep understanding of the region within which I am studying by collecting bits of knowledge from a broad range of subjects.

My favorite professor at NYUAD is Nathalie Peutz, a passionate, engaging, and dedicated educator.

I took Anthropology and the Arab World with Professor Peutz because it was an Arab Crossroads requirement, but soon grew to love the field of anthropology and studying the Arab region through this lens.

Professor Peutz assigned several texts, documentaries, and films throughout the semester that tackled the predominant topics in this field: identity, autonomy, and the interwoven realities of the Arab World.

She encouraged our participation in class discussions and really listened to the points that we made, while expanding our intellect by pushing us to think more deeply about different ideas. Her passion for the field and her vast knowledge about the topics that she taught were quite astounding and inspired me to gain a better understanding for everything that we learned; she made her students look forward to coming to class and learning about anthropology.

Professor Peutz’s energy and course content were quite refreshing; I had never studied anthropology and was not entirely sure of what this field was. She captivated her students by weaving stories from her field research in Yemen and Djibouti with other materials discussed in class in order to help us gain a broad understanding of topics affecting the region, and, ultimately, ourselves.

My favorite course at NYUAD is Arab Music Cultures, taught by Professor Andrew Eisenberg.

I chose this course because I wanted to broaden my interests within the macro topic of the Arab World, and explore a different side of it.

My favorite aspect of this course was our regional academic seminar to Kuwait. We met a renowned musician and professor at the Department of Music at The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training in Kuwait and had the chance to discuss with him a project that he was working on, regarding traditional Kuwaiti pearl-diving music and their national heritage preservation efforts.

We explored this field further by traveling to Kuwait and attending concerts and events with traditional musicians.

This experience was truly transformative; we had the chance to explore Kuwait’s evolving music scene first-hand and interact with the local community to expand upon what we had learned in class.

Nada Ammagui, Class of 2020

This course also holds a dear place in my heart as it rekindled my affinity for the arts and inspired me to change my minor from Political Science to Art History.

I will forever be grateful to Professor Eisenberg for (probably unknowingly) changing the course of my academic path and for teaching a fascinating course that helped me materialize my desire to understand the Arab world through first-hand exploration and interaction.

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