One Place Takes You Somewhere Else

One Place Takes You Somewhere Else

New York, everyone hears about it from a young age.  We see Hollywood movies about it and TV shows.  It is glorified and defined in so many forms.  Luckily, my program took us there for a weekend.  What made me the most inspired was that it does not disappoint. Getting to see people have their first experiences in the city was powerful. In fact, one of the international students that could only go for the day our program set aside, said to me that it was the best day he had in the program so far.  No matter how short your time may be there, you are changed by the sight for that moment, but thankfully the memory will never stop.


(Not all of the group because we split up, but still an amazing tour)


I found myself in the city on Monday with my fellow Ford programmers. The main reason for our going was to take a tour of the United Nations (U.N.), so we could better get an appreciation for the space that holds the debate and diplomacy that we will be practicing in model U.N. this next weekend. I was very thankful that we got into the city early, and I was able to continue my tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which if properly seen, I would guess would take you well over a week to see.



When we got to the U.N. building, once I got past security I could feel the power and influence coming from the ground. Our tour guide was French and amazing, and one  of the aspects of the tour that I did not expect was a focus on some of the most recent successful programs that have come out of the organization.  Some of these included the Red Cup Program and the School in a Box, which was used after Huricane Katrina in New Orleans.


Another focus was how they are turning an eye to the future with the Palestine/ Israel issue and the massive difference between money spent on arming nations versus on peace and sharing wealth. I have to admit I had never thought about the disparity, but it made so much common sense. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the General Assembly Hall because it is under construction, but what I thought was neat was that the general opinion was that it would more beautiful if we ever returned. In addition, we were able to walk along a path that is usually not allowed for visitors. From there, we were able to see the breathtaking view across the river.


If you get the chance for a tour, make sure you bring your passport to get stamped because technically you are not in the U.S. anymore when you go.



For those that are inspired, going to the city is not as hard as you might think. There are a couple websites that will help take your trip cost down as long as you plan a little bit ahead.  My first recomendation is to check out the bus cost; it is really not that bad. You can take a train, but it would cost more.


Secondly, if you are worried about the cost of hotels check out the Airbnb website because it is much cheaper, and you will get to live in someone's home and usually on a real bed.


My third piece of advice is to plan less rather than more because you can try and see everything in one go and be super stressed, or you can enjoy each place you go to as much as you can.


Rohit Chopra

Rohit is getting his MBA at Loyola College in Chennai, India and is interning with the Department of General Services at the Eastern Market. His main project here inlcudes analyzing vendor data, strategy development, and implementation to improve the quantity and quality of the vendor applications at the Eastern Market through a streamlined application process.


As a part of his project, he recently set up an online application portal to help accept e-applications, thereby making it much easier to process and review them. His goal is to become a consultant because he feels it's the right mix of finance and marketing. Ultimately, he wants to be an entrepreneur because he thinks it is important to generate employment for the local communities. The way he sees it, his job would be to look around and find a need in the community and then think of solutions for this need and in doing so ultimately create jobs.

What worries you most about the future?

The one thing that worries Rohit about the future is not knowing if he will do justice to his potential and achieve the highest that he can. The reason that he worries about this is because he sometimes procrastinates, and he knows that this hinders success because when he pushes himself he can achieve so much more than was originally thought possible. His time here at TWC has helped him with this as he feels that he has gotten into the habit of everyday trying to do the best that he can to learn about and explore D.C.


What challenges have you faced, and how did you overcome them?

Being in D.C. has not been that hard for him because he has traveled to Jordan and Germany before, but in every place there is a cultural difference and one has to adapt to this. In D.C. the biggest adjustment has been being punctual and understanding the importance of doing every task given to him, may it be a number of photo copies or a project perfectly.


He feels that life in India is much more hectic and rigorous because there is a focus on the technical versus the practical style of learning. This new style of learning has made Rohit feel relaxed, and he feels that it is expanding his horizons quite a lot. One other challenge that was a little more personal was not being able to cook and being a vegetarian. Over time though and with the help of the internet, he has been able to learn and has realized how important it is to be able to cook.

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