Location | Living in Central Europe is a bizarre, middle-ground experience for me, since I’ve only ever lived in New York City and Eastern Europe. I feel like I’m experiencing everything in reference to everything else – Vienna is like the lovechild of Prague and New York, while Bratislava is the intersection of Prague and Sofia. Everything – food, architecture, language, history – is a continuum, and it’s been really interesting to be able to see so many different places in such a short span of time.
School | My classes are stacked Tuesday/Thursday, which conveniently leaves me 5 free days for traveling and working. Aside from Czech, Marketing, and MOA, I’m also taking an amazing class called Modern Dissent in Central Europe, the professor of which played a huge role in the Velvet Revolution and was close friends with Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic; hearing about his experiences is truly priceless. (On a side note, do not believe anyone who tells you that schoolwork is nonexistent abroad – it exists, and with everything else going on, finding motivation to do it has never been harder.)
Work | I’m interning at a venture capital firm here in Prague, which is awesome. (Special thanks to Charisse!) It’s a really hands-on environment, and the guys are great (yup, guys specifically – I am the only girl). A lot of my work has been heavily research-based, but, as my sister pointed out, I’m learning a lot through osmosis simply by being here. Looking forward to seeing what projects I’ll be working on for the rest of the semester. Also, foosball tournaments are essentially part of my job description, so maybe by the end of the semester I will no longer be as lacking in hand-eye coordination!
Travel | I’ve been to Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Liberec, and Budapest. I can’t even process the number of beautiful cathedrals, bridges and skylines I’ve seen. Traveling from Prague is really easy and affordable, so I’ve been spending about half my weekends away. We’ve found the perfect balance of sightseeing and café hopping (the quantity of pastries I’ve consumed on this continent is absurd), and I’ve never been happier.
Friends | I had to make entirely new ones. They are great. I think there’s something really necessary about going somewhere without a single close person, and I’m glad I’m going through that experience now. I’ve met some of the most interesting people here at NYU Prague, and I’m trying to meet locals, too. That said, there are days when I miss New York a lot. Shout out to my NYC roommates for making it basically impossible for anyone else to even come close.
Real Life | I’m working on getting a summer internship, which is an interesting task while abroad. Don’t want to say anything and jinx myself; more to follow soon, hopefully.
I tend to forget to take pictures, but here are a few. Please reach out to me if you have any questions whatsoever! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook. Hope everyone is staying warm in NYC!
Mějte se hezky,