NYC is the city where all dreams come true!

The adventure began with an invitation to the Gateaway orientation held in Boston where I met other Fulbright scholars from all around the world. We had an incredible week exploring Boston together whilst getting to know each other and sharing our life experiences.

Whale Watching in Boston
Whale watching in Boston

After Boston, I arrived in NYC to begin the General Studies LL.M. with a concentration in corporate law at Cardozo School of Law. I really enjoyed my courses from my first semester and I have learnt so much about the U.S. legal system.

Me at Carzodo
Me at the Cardozo School of Law

During my free time, I discover as much of NYC as I can and I am grateful to Les Graifman, Cultural Events Ambassador at IIE, for always providing me with tickets to different cultural events at amazing establishments, such as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. I try not to miss any of the events and I am often to get one or two tickets for my friends, who love to come with me and enjoy all the events.

I also participate in different events organized by the One Too World organization. One great experience was being hosted for the weekend by the Shanker’s family who lives in Mountain Lakes,
New Jersey. After this weekend I became friends with Shanker’s family. Lately, Soma Shanker invited me to the World Business Forum, an event that I could have only dreamt about attending. I had the incredible opportunity to listen to Richard Branson, George Kohlrieser and Kevin Spacey. Stephen Ritz also made an unforgettable impression on me. He teaches at a school in the Bronx. Ritz is a founder of the Green Bronx Machine, a project that helps students generate urban farms. This project assists students to earn money, learn about healthy food, increase school attendance and improve grades.

Me at the WBF
Me at the World Business Forum

After my exams ended in December, I flew to Kentucky to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with my Godmother and her husband’s family. I stayed in Kentucky for two weeks, resting and recharging my batteries after the intensive exam session.

With family in Kentucky
With family in Kentucky

During the Winter break, I had an opportunity to travel a little and discover Chicago. It is a great city and very similar to NYC. During my stay, I went once to Planetarium and was amazed by the stars and imagined the possibility of travelling to space. Chicago has a great Planetarium, in which I spent more than five hours discovering.

Now I am back to NYC and I am excited to continue my adventure…..

Anastasiya Nikitina
2015-2016 Luxembourg Fulbright Grantee

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