Hey guys, I’m back! It has been approximately two months since study abroad has started, and I can sincerely say that it has been such a fun learning experience.
In terms of academics, classes here are not too difficult and are pretty interesting. In Czech Art and Architecture, we visited the Prague Castle and multiple churches and cathedrals located near campus. Learning about the different architects and artists who created these masterpieces was a great way for me to learn more about Prague and its history. The rest of my classes are more reading intensive, but manageable. The small class sizes here are an advantage, as they allow you to participate more and ask questions.
In terms of traveling, my passport has never received more stamps that it has within these two months. So far, I have traveled to Vienna, Budapest, Croatia, Amsterdam, and Brussels! Each trip was drastically different and allowed me to get out of my comfort zone. Some cities, like Vienna, Budapest, and Brussels are homes of famous museums and cathedrals. Other cities, like Croatia and Amsterdam, allow for more adventurous excursions such as cliff diving and music festivals. NYU Prague also offers plenty of day trips where different RAs take students around Prague on different trips; these trips and associated expenses are covered by the university. One of the RA trips I had attended was the Prague Zoo, the 4th best zoo in the world. My friends and I spent around four hours at the zoo, looking at exotic animals such as cheetahs and eating food.
While traveling to many different countries, I realized that I never truly got to explore what the Czech Republic had to offer besides the tourist attractions in Prague. After my midterm exams, I plan on going to my last “abroad” trip, which is to Rome. I plan on exploring the Czech Republic for the next two months by visiting places like Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful town in South Bohemia. I think it is important to truly appreciate the country that I have been calling home for so long, and I don’t want to miss any opportunities. I am so excited for the rest of the semester (besides my exams, of course) and am hoping to make more great, exciting memories!