I have been in New York studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for nearly one month and it has been an enriching experience so far. New York is an absolute Metropolis; the possibilities are endless and it has been an amazing city to throw myself into. The challenges have been present but I believe are paramount to making my experience one of personal growth and realisation.
I am studying a Bachelor of Arts doing a double major in Writing and Communication & Cultural Studies. My main focus at Pratt Institute is Writing, although I am doing an array of exciting subjects including Philosophy & Contemporary Cultural Theory, Freud & Beyond: Psychoanalysis, Writers Studio and Photography. My writers Studio teacher is fabulous, he has really made my welcoming experience a much more comforting experience.
I am living on Campus right around the corner from the College with a roommate called Sydney, who is lovely.
The workload has really taken me by surprise and has forced me to really pull my head in, which is great because my focus levels are increasing.
Everyone has been very helpful and I have been contributing to community events at Pratt and will hopefully be travelling to Washington DC during mid-term break for an alternative Spring Break, which is a week of community service and volunteering for the homeless community in Washington.
I have thoroughly enjoyed engrossing myself into the American culture and learning about the differences between our cultures. Brooklyn is an incredible place to just, be. The diversity and vastness encourages me to re-evaluate my small-town attitude and educate myself on people and their differences.
With America’s current political situation, you can definitely feel the tension and frustration that it creates, especially amongst a liberal arts college in the heart of New York’s cultural mixing pot, Brooklyn, and it has been very stimulating and eye opening to hear young people’s passionate responses about their cultural, political opinions.
On the 20th January I attended the New York Women’s march in Manhattan. This was mind-blowing, it was freezing cold and there were thousands of people marching the streets of New York in protest for harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities in creating transformational social change. There were people from all different social and cultural backgrounds in support of Women’s rights and equality across the globe. It was heart-warming.
This experience has already been so stimulating and educational, I have another three months at school to go and I can’t wait to update you all with my end experiences.
No doubt, this has definitely been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t wait to see what else happens.
-- Daini Stephenson, Southern Cross University to Pratt Institute, 2018