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Alumni Spotlight: Mark Surnin

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.

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