Since leaving TGS nearly three years ago, Mark has been studying at NYU Abu Dhabi where he is a computer science major. Mark said that he has been very pleased to see other graduation of TGS also choosing to study the same subject.
TGS: What are you doing in New York City?
Mark: I am studying abroad for a semester at NYU New York. NYU Abu Dhabi gives students the option to study at another campus for a semester so I decided to take advantage of it. There are more course offerings at NYU’s main campus and city living has been a nice compliment to Abu Dhabi’s desert.
TGS What have you been enjoying outside of your classes?
Mark: I have been getting back into photography since arriving in New York. The city provides a lot of inspiration. I like to get my camera and wander around exploring.
TGS: Were you intimidated coming to a big city?
Mark: New York definitely has a reputation for being an intense city, but it was less intimidating because I had come here with TGS for a week. We did all of the tourist stuff when we were here so this time around I have been exploring places like Brooklyn and Astoria.
TGS: Have you seen many Alumni since being in New York?
Mark: New York is a bit of a pocket for TGS, not only is the office here but a lot of Alumni are in New York or a short train ride away. My first night here I got tea with Hannah and Jawed and last weekend I traveled upstate to visit Beny and Charis. A lot of people also pass through here and it’s been so nice to reconnect with everyone.
TGS: You only have one year left of school, what do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am not yet 100% sure what I will do after I graduate. I am currently considering working full time or continuing onto graduate school. I am starting to prep for the GRE test so that I have my options open.