Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Prague alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.
Today, meet Linda Z., who studied in Prague in Spring 2015.
What is your favorite memory about your time abroad? Making unexpected friends and getting to share memorable experiences with them.
What was the most interesting course you took and why? Modern Dissent. Jan Urban is an engaging lecturer who challenges you to deeply unpack broad concepts such as “good” vs. “bad,” “right” vs. “wrong,” etc.
Name two things you should not have packed. In general I could have consolidated the clothes, shoes, and accessories that I packed (to leave space for souvenirs). You can easily find something you might need at shops in town for an affordable price, wear those pieces for the semester, and then not bring them home with you.
What two things do you wish you had packed? Towards the end of the semester it got very (uncharacteristically, according to the locals) warm, so I wish I had brought some clothes for warmer weather; school supplies (notebooks, folders, pens and pencils) if you’re particular about that!!
What do you miss most? Europe’s slow pace of life, Prague’s trams and architecture, doner kebabs.
If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? Plan and participate in more excursions in Prague over the course of the semester, instead of trying to squeeze in everything during the last week (finals week).
What advice would you give about housing? Random room assignments can sometimes work out really well. My roommate posted in the Facebook group that she was looking for a roommate, and I cold-messaged her to see if we might be compatible (we ended up becoming great friends). Other than my one suite mate who I knew previously, I didn’t know the other 4 girls assigned to my suite. But they were an incredible group of people who I wouldn’t have met if not for study abroad. I wouldn’t change anything about my housing arrangement. Keep an open mind and always communicate clearly and directly when dealing with roommates in general. Sometimes things have a weird way of working out!