USA: my spring break experience

After the Allocation Day at Grenoble Ecole de Management, I found myself eligible for a term in the United States, attending Duke University in North Carolina from January to May 2019. While leaving for this destination in early January, I must admit I had some trouble looking on the bright side of things. I had for sure not yet realized that it would give me the great opportunity to live my very first (and probably last) American spring break!

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My experience studying at Duke University.

Duke chapel
The Duke University Chapel

Duke University is one of the top American universities. Fuqua Business School is famous for having Tim Cook and Melinda Gates as part of its alumni. The highly renowned teachers provide high quality lectures on a wide variety of subjects (Health Care Markets, Corporate Finance, Derivatives, Game Theory, Crypto-currencies…). Students need to complete some preliminary homework before most of each class and submit it to the teachers.

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The museums of NYC

New York City is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historical sites, many of which are internationally known. It is also known as an expensive city, but there are many ways in which the city is generous to New Yorkers and tourists. Many of the city’s best attractions, museums, galleries and performances offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options, be it for a select day of the month or evening hours every week. Those seeking a bargain can use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to take a chance on the unknown or to return to a favourite art work, exhibit or gallery again and again.

Below is a just a selection of our favourite! There are other free places, such as the galleries and museums of area colleges and universities.

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Brooklyn and its neighborhoods

Brooklyn is the most popular borough of New York City. Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city until January 1st, 1898, according to new Municipal Charter of “Greater New-York”. Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and countries to form the modern “City of New-York”. During the first decade of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance: it became a place for hipsters, gentrification was settled, house prices increased. Now, Brooklyn is a hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms and a place for postmodern art and design.

 

 

Here is a map of Brooklyn and its different neighborhoods. We will explain the history of some of these neighborhoods.

 

First, we will focus on Bushwick.

 

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Life at Pace: The Sport Culture in New York City

New York City offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy sport in one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. As the city is giant, many teams play in the Big Apple: 2 for basketball (Knicks and Nets), 2 for ice hockey (Rangers and Islanders), 2 for baseball (Yankees and Mets), 2 for soccer (NYC FC and NY Red bull) and 2 for Football (Giants and Jets). Seasons begin at different times all over the year to offer America always at least one sport to watch, and almost each evening TV channels show games. As you arrive in January for the Transcontinental Track, you’ll only have the basketball and ice hockey seasons (there is football too, but it can be quite hard to become a supporter as the Super bowl takes place early-February).

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