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Students on the Move

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".

Harrison Burke

"The European Summer Institute program is one of the larger highlights from my time so far in the UN Masters program. The courses were interesting and made me want to learn everything I could about the topics I was studying. The people that I met were some of the kindest, helpful, and intelligent people I've come across. The family I was living with were nothing but hospitable and welcoming. It was one of the best summers I have spent, and I hope everyone that is considering going on the trip signs up!"

Asal Salah

"During the summer of 2016, I was part of the first European Summer Institute Trip to Germany with Professor Davis and the UNMA program. From being picked up at Frankfurt airport to escorting us on trips to Geneva and Berlin, the Kassel University staff was tremendous and extremely helpful. As for my home stay, I could not have asked for a better family. We actually got so close that they are coming to New York this July to visit, as we have maintained communication almost daily since I returned to New Jersey! Lastly, this adventure allowed me to experience a different culture and people at a deeply meaningful level, and I even found time to go to Prague in between classes! This was truly an experience of a life time".

Elisabeth Flinsch

"The European Summer Institute was a great experience for me. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to study abroad in Kassel, Germany where I got a European perspective about global affairs and got to visit places of historical and personal interest. Visiting the United Nations in Geneva was fascinating and enabled me to learn more about a diverse range of topics. These experiences have helped me grow as a scholar and a person".

Frank Cassata

“Coming to Rutgers from a different state I had no clue what to expect but have felt at home since moving to New Jersey. In my first semester here, I jumped right into a class that is near to my heart, International Criminal Law with Dr. Adi. Before coming to Rutgers I was a delegate at the National Model UN Conference twice in New York City where I was able to vote on resolutions in the UN General Assembly Hall. Not only have I had this educational experience, but outside of class had the opportunity to be the Director of Educational Initiatives for the Illinois State Campus Chapter of UNICEF, as well as be a co-founder of the Water Walk, a bi-annual 6 kilometer walk to simulate the daily struggle Ethiopian women and children go through to access water, while not knowing if their water source is safe or dried up. This event has grown from six to nearly three hundred and raised enough money to build three wells in Ethiopia. I would love to bring this event to the Rutgers campus and get UNMA students engaged in the planning process as well”.

Karen Kwiatek

“This program truly engages students in the most complex challenges of today's global society. I have had the opportunity to take multidisciplinary courses in cutting edge topics such as conflict resolution and global business. In my first year, I participated in research on the recruitment of youth and women to terrorist organizations, assisted refugees resettle in America while interning at the International Rescue Committee, and received ongoing mentoring from Johnson & Johnson's global procurement department. Upon graduating, I believe that I will possess the skills to thrive in an internationally-focused career”.

Sirfaraz Piracha

“I had the great pleasure of attending the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. As an attendee and observer, it is great to see a diverse span of ideas within one place at one given moment in time. I was able to fully take advantage of opportunities to hear the President, Vice President and a variety of government and cultural icons comment on the state of America as they saw it. I look forward to bringing many of these ideas into my work”.

Ratna Nishanthini Michael Gunaratnam

“The European Summer Institute at the University of Kassel in Germany was a very enriching experience for me both as an individual and as a student of political science. Meeting Syrian refugees and hearing their stories in person made the Syrian's struggle more real, and their fortitude and strength in the midst of such sorrow awe inspiring. I came out of the experience understanding myself and the world a bit more, as well as the role I want to play in this world in the future. I am very grateful for the life changing experience”.

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