|The view from the 92Y Residence.|
The Oxy at the UN participants have moved into the 92 Y at Lexington and 92nd Avenue on the Upper East side of Manhattan! The 92Y Residence Hall was abuzz with Occidental students getting settled into their rooms on the 8th and 9th floors; each floor has a kitchen and bathroom and is shared with other medium-term interns from schools around the country. Participants came from as nearby as the Bronx and as far-flung as Berlin and London.
The group of 16 students met with Professor Doug Gardner (Program Director) and Professor Jacques Fomerand ( Assistant Program Director) for dinner and orientation at the 92Y Sunday night. They went over the nuts and bolts of the program as well as got to know each other; the group’s chemistry seemed evident from the start! Oxy at the UN Participants are clearly excited to carry on this great Occidental tradition and take on the big city.
Together, and with the Professors, Oxy at the UN participants will explore the UN system over the course of the semester and engage in discussion and action with regards to the Post-2015 Millenium Development Agenda. In addition to working in full-time internships, Occidental students will take two classes- a Human Development course and a Conflict Prevention course- under the direction of Professor Gardner and Professor Fomerand respectively. The classes will feature intensive reading, writing and discussion as well as remarkable speakers, who will enrich classroom learning by drawing from their professional experiences. Students will also engage in a seminar-style UN Experience class every other Friday in which they share their professional experiences and support each other. We will be scattered throughout the UN system and diplomatic missions, and these classroom opportunities to reconvene and motivate each other’s learning will be key throughout the semester. Internships and classes begin on Tuesday (Sep. 3) and in the time between landing and moving in, participants took time to explore the city that is their temporary home.
|Oxy at the UN students (Lindsey Krummell, |
Jean Coleman, Gillian Harger,
Zander Fried, and Ben Pugh) taking in
After buying month-long metro cards and navigating what will soon be our daily commute, we arrived at our respective missions and agencies. The majority of UN participants take the same metro train and get off at Grand Central Station, which is celebrating its 100th year. Most UN-related buildings are located in the area known as Turtle Bay (see this newsletter’s title), located in lower-east Manhattan. Oxy students familiar with the rolling hills of Eagle Rock were dwarfed by the skyscraper canyons of the Turtle Bay area (see picture to the right). After doing a commute trial run, we met back up at the UN general assembly building. Unfortunately, the flags of the world that are so typical of the UN headquarters were not flying today, and we weren’t able to get in a group photo op. The group was able to do some sightseeing, however, before doing grocery shopping and getting the last-minute essentials for our first week. We will be living a fully-fledged young professional lifestyle and cooking for ourselves during the week. You can follow our culinary pursuits under the "What's Cooking at the 92Y" tab of this newsletter.
The Oxy at the UN Program begins on Tuesday morning, when participants will report to their offices and dive into professional life; at lunchtime we will meet for our first class. We are all eager and ready to get our feet on the ground and get down to work. Looks like we've moved in for the semester and are moving up!