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Students on the Move

Taylor Crosby

'The experience visiting Islamic Center of Kassel during ESI was truly amazing. We heard about different struggles each refugee encountered, such as traveling for over 5 years until they reached Germany. Some traveled with their families which includes young children. We also heard about their experience settling in Germany. The involvement of the Mosque assisting the refugees extended far beyond worship. They provided assistance with searching for homes, applying for immigration status, finding language teachers, schools for the children and so on. It was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to meet these incredible individuals! Thank you for encouraging this opportunity!'

Amy Passaro

'As a full time student with a full time job, studying abroad never seemed like an option for me. However, with lots of planning and assistance from the UN MA Program, I was able to do what I never thought is possible. This summer I spent six weeks studying at the ESI in and traveling Europe. Beginning with a layover in Iceland, some fellow graduate students and I explored the other-worldly Reykjavik. From glaciers to volcanos, and from waterfalls to the world's most famous natural day spa, the Blue Lagoon, we spent 4 never ending days in a country more beautiful than anyone could imagine.
 
From there, we arrived in Kassel, Germany just in time for the world's biggest political art festival: Documenta. Home to a breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site, it was hard to leave a the quiet but comfortable city of Kassel. However, we managed to make it to Paris, Geneva, Berlin, and even Hamburg in our time here. Every day was a new adventure, and I can truly say that this is one trip that I will NEVER forget. I can now say that I've climbed the Eiffel Tower, attended conferences at the United Nations in Switzerland, witnessed peaceful but powerful protests of the G20 in Hamburg, saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and made many, many friends along the way.
 
I cannot thank the UNMA program enough for this experience. As I write to you now with tears in my eyes on the way to the airport, I can only hope that anyone and everyone will seize this opportunity of a lifetime'.

Merissa Pimenta

'We visited international organizations and NGO's in Geneva. First, I'd like to thank Ms. Janne Mande for organizing our study trip to Geneva. We received presentations on Business and Human Rights from professionals who work in the World Health Organization, United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, amongst others. Aside from their presentation, they also took the time to explain their career paths and gave us some advice as to how to work in our desired field. Geneva trip is only one of the many great things that the European Summer Institute has to offer. It is an opportunity to meet people from other countries and share our experience. ESI is also an edifying experience'.

Valeria Valle

'I take joy coming into the city every morning and walking down to 1st Ave and 44th to my internship site. Interning at the New York office of United Nations Training and Research Institute (UNITAR) has probably been one of the best experiences I have had. I communicate and collaborate with various member states and other agencies within the UN to deliver informative courses for the public, UN staff, delegates and ambassadors. I greatly appreciate UNITAR for allowing me to engage in these projects independently where I am able to apply skills and knowledge I gained as a student in the UNMA program, and combine them to produce results that benefit the agency. I had the fortune to engage in the High Level Political Forum in July 2017, where UNITAR, among other UN agencies organized courses aimed to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and I was part of research, organization, and communication. Throughout the series of these week-long courses, I was able to find the relationship between the topics that were discussed in my coursework at UNMA and understand the challenges that stand as a barrier to achievement and implementation of SDGs on a global scale. Ultimately, my professional aspiration is to work in the field of Humanitarian Affairs. I have learned so much through the courses I have had the privilege to develop from scratch and coordinate. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my summer than spending this time with UNITAR'.

Jessica Ronan

"Prior to graduating from Rutgers in May of 2016, I really didn’t have a plan for my professional life. It was not until a Professor in the Political Science department suggested I look into the UNMA program that I gained a sense of direction for my post-undergraduate future. Being assigned readings on the emotions connected with our nations and cultures, I have gained a stronger understanding of non-political decision making. Entering the program, I have learned and shared with many of my colleagues new interpretations of old phenomena while remaining a part of the Rutgers community".

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