International Studies major Cathryn Adams traveled to Amman, Jordan. Of her trip, Cathryn said: “I feel so fortunate to be in the heart of the Middle East at such an important time in history. Working with The Jordan Times has been incredible because the media has been crucial throughout the Arab Spring, and Amman has provided me with a unique environment to study and live through this exciting period for the region.”
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Chair of the Division of Humanities & Social Sciences
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“I feel so fortunate to be in the heart of the Middle East at such an important time in history. Working with The Jordan Times has been incredible because the media has been crucial throughout the Arab Spring, and Amman has provided me with a unique environment to study and live through this exciting period for the region. I fell in love with Jordan when I was here last year and I simply could not stay away, especially with all the changes happening in the region. I am happy to have been able to call this place my home, and I know I will be back soon.”
“My time in the Moroccan Sahara was the most peaceful experience to date. Being in the desert allowed me to reflect on the journey that I was taking in Morocco. Not knowing what was next, it was foolish to make predictions. I had no concept of time; all I was sure about was that my presence was there in the desert and that was all that I needed to treasure.”
“What excited me most about the IS/PS program at MMC is the dedication of the professors and the students at the department. When I was a freshman at College, I believed that a problem our generation was facing was ‘lack of curiosity.’ The IS program opened my eyes into the world of research and how we can use research to ask questions about the world in which we live in. My current work is a testament to that. The IS program allowed me to incorporate my own culture and ethnic background in my studies and reimagined the ideal culture of an undergraduate experience. The professors who served as mentors prepared me for any kinds of career, I wanted to pursue. The skills and experiences I have gained as a student in this program, enables me to translate what I have learned and share with those that I have left behind.”
“It’s astounding how such a small program in a school that is strongly devoted to performing arts could have such an outstanding array of talented teachers and students! No less than three of my professor used to work directly for the United Nations (and I attended two conferences there myself with them)! Every day I spent in class at Marymount was truly an eye-opening learning experience, and I found my abilities and my worldview challenged constantly.
After four years I felt completely transformed and ready to take on the real world. Our professors worked with us closely to encourage our unique interests and skills, and helped us become better students every step of the way. Every professor I had was 100% devoted to their students, and I never felt as if I couldn’t ask for help or ask questions about the coursework or material.
I also found that the resources available at Marymount- including the wide variety of mandatory electives- really rounded out my thought process and taught me where my key strengths lie. Taking on internships and studying abroad as well were the most important things I did; they provided real world experience and something to put on a resume before I even graduated. Marymount truly is a place where you are allowed to take your education in your own hands and make the most of everything the school has to offer. Our professors in the International Studies, Social Sciences, History, etc. departments are creative, smart, and world-class educators. If asked to do it over again, I would absolutely still choose Marymount Manhattan College.”
“My four years at MMC not only prepared me for my career, it prepared me for life outside of my career. The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences may be a minority department, but my professors have given me the knowledge and ability to hold my own in a world where my colleagues, bosses, and competition are Ivy League graduates.
I cherish my time at MMC. The smaller classrooms compelled me to engage in discussion and allowed me to have a real relationship with my professors. I wasn’t just a number. Without my liberal arts education I would never have been able to pivot on different issues at work or feel confident to network in a room full of people discussing various issues. Classes such as Natural Disasters, 20th Century Middle East, Latin American History, German Expressionism, and even Harry Potter and Philosophy have all provided me with different research methods, knowledge, and insight in navigating work and people.”
On her experience in South Africa: “I created activities that promoted critical thinking skills, team building, and English proficiency. As you can see in the pictures, I also created a danced-based program for children (ages 2-5) in “creche” or preschools in two communities within the township, Khayelitsha.”
“Interning at Madre”, an international women’s human rights organization, “enabled me to work alongside human rights experts, gave me hands-on experience with online communications, and provided perspective as I plan for my future,” Katelyn Sives ’13 explained.
“What makes the International Studies program at MMC so unique is that it marries all the elements of the Social Science department. The professors all work together to create a comprehensive curriculum that teaches students to see global affairs from all different perspectives. In learning how to deconstruct and analyze international affairs, MMC’s IS department has taught me that the world systems are all part of the same intricate fabric. As a post-graduate, this has allowed me to see the core value of global issues, while also understanding all the elements in which they were created. MMC’s IS department also takes full advantage of its locations. Throughout my time as an IS student my professors took their students on field trips to the United Nations, lectures at other universities and to the countless NGO’s located in New York. Needless to say, the IS department and all the professors were extremely helpful and persistent in placing their students in internships where they could obtain value on-hands experience in the international community. The IS department not only prepared me for a career in the international forum, but also taught me what to expect and what was to be expected of me.”