My name is Chloe Tran, currently a sophomore in CAS studying Economics and Math with minors in Business Studies and Psychology. I’m studying abroad in London this Fall semester and really honored to be a Liaison. For my very first blog post, I would like to talk about classes and designing schedules to make the most out of my semester abroad.
I’m taking 4 classes (all of them are on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving me 5 days a week to do homework and travel). My classes are Expressive Cultures, Foundation of Finance, Linear Algebra and Introduction to Marketing. Expressive Cultures and Foundation of Finance are my favorite so far so here are my reviews about them:
- Foundation of Finance by Professor Dirk Nitzche. A hard but really rewarding class! There are one midterm and an Excel-based portfolio theory project and a final. The content of the lectures is dense and the professor explains it well. I finished my Excel project before Fall break started and I must say it was rewarding to know more about portfolio theory.
- Expressive Cultures - Images by Professor Deborah Ann Cherry. My favorite class so far! I’ve learned so much about Contemporary Art (Contemporary is different from Modern art by the way!) and have visited a good number of extremely interesting exhibitions so far this semester (Basquiat - a NYC artist: Boom for Real exhibition at Barbican, Blackpower at Tate Modern and the most impressive has been the world’s biggest art fair - Frieze London featuring art dealers and galleries from all around the world). Before taking this class, I didn’t know anything about art despite going to so many museums in New York and Singapore, but now I have started an interest in art analysis which is really cool! Professor Cherry is very sweet and easy to talk to. She loves talking about art pieces during the exhibition to individual students. The class is mostly field trips to exhibitions, during which we do group presentations about particular art pieces on the spot which I enjoy a lot because I actually know the meaning of each piece).
- Meeting time: classes only meet once a week and are lecture-based (3 hours long, 9am-12am or 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm or 6pm-9pm) and you have a break in between (15 mins to half an hour, depending on the professor)
- Content: London classes are lecture-based for some classes and have a lot of field trips for some others.
- Make-up days! Mark down the make-up days on your calendar so you can plan your trips accordingly! Because of fall break which starts around the end of October – beginning of November (1 week), make-up day attendance is mandatory. I wouldn’t skip them because attendance is important here in London as it maintains your requirement to stay in the UK.
Like most people studying abroad, I travel during the weekend from Thursday to Monday. But here are my tips on designing your perfect schedule for travel based on my empirical experiences:
- Mark down class trips, makeup days and submission dates to know what weekends/days you’re free.
- Take advantage of NYU London Culture Programs and note the dates down right away.
- NYU London has some free cool events and day trips you can sign up for (Phantom of the Opera show, day trip to Stonehenge/Canterbury/Cambridge, etc.). This information will be available when you get here so make sure to sign up for it as soon as you receive the email because of limited spots. I went to see Phantom of the Opera for free here in London and I loved it so much.
- Leave enough free time for before and after travelling. Before the semester started, I was really excited about all the travels and made the mistake of cramming it together (for example: leaving right after classes at night and then coming back to London the night before class day). Personally, I think it’s too hectic to do so so I prefer to leave Thursday mornings and come back Sunday nights (I have Thursday to Monday free) so I can relax and do homework Mondays and Wednesday nights.
- Leave time to explore London. I’m leaving myself 2 weekends after Fall Break and then all of December to enjoy London. After a lot of travelling, I bet you’ll miss London and want time to chill!
If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !