By | January 3, 2021
Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi Story

This week has just been one of the strangest weeks I think I’ve ever had in my life because there are so many different things going on. It’s such another place. Still, it is absolutely fantastic for trying to get over the culture shock. The first person.

I talked to was my mom, and I said, “Hi mum.” She went, Hi Jack. And I said this place is crazy. My name’s Jack, and I’m from the UK. I’ve just arrived here in Marhaba, and I am planning hopefully on majoring in economics.

Still, apparently, that’s what everyone says when they arrive here. So, it will be interesting to see if I even end up with economics as a major. Am come from a relatively small family with two brothers in a little city called Salisbury.

Having come from the UK. It could not be more different because the people you meet are so diverse. Exciting but something utterly alien to what you may have experienced before, especially with me living in a small city.

If you’re not prepared for the heat, it is just such a ridiculous shock, and thirdly I think, you know, being away from friends and family also makes it a bit tricky. I think the highlight was probably meeting my roommates.

Santana was the first I met who’s Nepalese, and I believe he wants to major in engineering. And he is just one of the nicest people I think you will ever meet. Always very happy. James arrived the day later, and he’s from New Zealand, and he’s also great.

I think we’re on very similar wavelengths. “So, you’ll find a number of these little things hidden around campus.” At one point during secondary school, I went over to my career advisor. I said I think I’m looking for something slightly different than university next year.

Said firstly, you could take a gap year, and I went, no. I don’t think I want to take a gap year. She’s said, OK, fine, why don’t you try having a look at this university. Mrs. Armstrong, if you’re listening, you’re terrific because, without you, I wouldn’t be here.

She said, have a look at this university, and then I applied. I went to Candidate Weekend and loved every second of it, and luckily, I was offered a place. You’re all, first and foremost, I think, astounded by the people you’re meeting.

There’s quite a high level of intensity, and the activities you’re doing are just so. You’d never thought you’d be able to do them anywhere else. On the whole, so far, it’s been really, really good fun.

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