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Gabriel, Student

365体育备用网址Gabriel is a Summer Academy student from San Juan, Puerto Rico and took our course, 'International Relations and Development.'

Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?

365体育备用网址It seemed like an interesting opportunity to learn from one of the top news organizations of the world.

Which course did you take?

365体育备用网址I took International Relations and Development at the DC campus.

If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?

One thing that stuck with me was the idea that a compromise is probably the most viable solution in international disputes. Most countries will not put aside their differences for the future of mankind. If one country seeks to pursue a plan that might force another nation to change its policies, it will probably come with a price.

What was your favorite site visit?

The visit to Congress was incredible due to it being the home of American democracy. Seeing the lack of representation that the American colonies have inside that building was eye-opening. Every state can send two statues of whoever they want from their respective state, but not a single statue or plaque from any of the colonies.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker?

Brad Plumer from The New York Times was the most memorable one do to him being a field reporter. He talked about how the summits were filled with hundreds of delegates from around the world. He mentioned the strategies that certain countries would employ to get their clauses or amendments into a final agreement.

What were your faculty like?

365体育备用网址The teachers that I had, had first-hand experience with some of the topics that were discussed in the class. Dr. ​Bahar Jalali worked at the American University in Kabul on the first gender studies program in Afghanistan. She told us in great detail the hardships that Afghani women face. I remember a moment when we were touring the photography hall in the NatGeo Building in DC when she started talking about the Afghani Women. She talked about how the picture was made famous worldwide, and she knew all the story behind the picture.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

A pillar of accountability

What does it mean to you to study in Washington DC?

365体育备用网址The chance to explore the capital in ways that no tourist could ever do.

What do you think you want to be when you grow up?

Currently, I want to be a political analyst to see the role politics have in shaping the world. I will also help those that don’t understand politics understand it.

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