Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to hear from NYU Prague alumni to gain their firsthand insight and tips.
Today, meet Rohin S., who studied in Prague in Fall 2015.
Where did you live? Osadni
What is your favorite memory about your time abroad? My favorite thing about Prague was the beautiful architecture and quaintness of the city. Especially being from New York, it was a great break to be in a smaller, warmer city like Prague. Also, every building is hundreds of years old and is gorgeous.
What was the most interesting course you took and why? The best course I took in Prague (actually at NYU) was a course on Religion, Politics and Culture in Eastern Europe. We would learn about Eastern European history within the context of politics and religion, and we would take a field trip every day to a different church, monastery or religious landmark. I saw most of Prague that way, and saw stuff that I would have never seen or known about otherwise. Take any class with Prof. Mucha!
What two things do you wish you had packed? Warmer clothes and more travel size stuff. We travelled almost every weekend and it was really annoying to carry around big toiletries and bags everywhere. If you’re interested in travelling, you most probably wont ever check a bag in – so, make sure you travel light. Also, Prague in the spring is deceptively cold. Make sure you don’t underestimate that.
Name two things you should not have packed. Food and school supplies. Once you get the hang of it, buying groceries in Prague is really easy and all their food is super fresh. Also, their candy is amazing. So don’t worry about not being able to find food. I was able to do it – and I don’t eat meat. Also, as weird as it sounds, don’t bother bringing any books or too many school supplies. NYU gives you whatever you’ll need, and you should carry as little stuff so you can buy a lot of souvenirs to bring home.
If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? I would have explored more of the Czech Republic. I was able to see Prague very thoroughly and visited Cesky Krumlov, but I didn’t see much beyond that. I would have loved to see more of the countryside of the CR.