Student Post: I am a New Yorker

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This post was contributed by: Mao Mitsuya, student of the Touro Graduate School of Business.

My biggest dream was to live in New York City. I kept dreaming it every single day and telling everyone for 7 years. I finally made it come true last September, and I’m living my dream now. Continue reading

Student Post: Visiting the Amish in Lancanster, PA

This post was contributed by: Karlene M. Williams, MHRM candidate 2017, Touro Graduate School of Business, originally from Grenada.

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Karlene Williams (photo credit Shawn Davis)

For the past three years, I have enjoyed visiting the Amish in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, which occurs on the second Saturday in November. I first participated in this trip in November 2006 with some family and friends, and it has become my favorite pre-Thanksgiving activity since I moved to the United States in 2013. You may ask yourself, why a trip to the Amish? For me it’s about getting away from the hustle and bustle of New York City for an entire day and appreciating the way of life of a religious group that has preserved its identity in the midst of technology and a fast-paced world. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

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From GST student Md. Zahidul Haque, on the origin and celebration of Thanksgiving:

Americans celebrate this public holiday as a harvest festival on the 4th Thursday in November each year in the United States. The First Thanksgiving day was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the new world in 1621 after their first harvest. After the USA became independent, Congress recommended one day each year as Thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. Canadians also celebrate this day on the second Monday of October. Up to today, we believe that this day is for the celebration of Pilgrims and offering foods to Native Americans. It is also a day of gratitude as well the respect to Native Americans for teaching the Pilgrims how to cook. At that time the pilgrims couldn’t survive without help of Native Americans.

In New York City, my family and I celebrate this day by joining with our child’s school or family or friend’s homes. For this year’s celebration, we will get together in a common place for dinner. We will make traditional food like carved turkeys, pumpkin pie, corn, vegetables, fruits, as well as some other Indian fried dishes, then serve each other and have dessert at the end of the meal. So every year we are waiting for this day to celebrate.

Wishing everybody a happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving weekend!

All Touro library locations will be closed 11/24-11/25.

International Student Visas

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This post was contributed by Shaileshkumar Solanki, student at Touro Graduate School of Business.  

I was very excited to study in the U.S.A. I landed at Detroit International Airport on May 20, 2015 at 2.00 pm. As per the rules, I had to complete the formal Port of Entry procedures. It was the biggest interview of my life. My Port of Entry interview has started at 2:30 pm and finished at 8:00 pm (almost 5-6 hours). But based on my documents and the conversation between me and the Immigration office, I successfully landed here. So, based on my experience, I would like to share some information for all the students who want to study in United States of America. Continue reading

Exercise Is The Best Medicine

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This post was contributed by:

Meihua Li, a Pharm.D. candidate class of 2017, Touro College of Pharmacy, with a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from Seoul National University, South Korea

If you are a healthcare provider, if there was a prescription that could prevent and treat many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, would you prescribe it to your patients? Exercise is one of the most effective and affordable medicines, and the benefits of exercise are far beyond control of body weight. Continue reading

Why I chose an MBA in Healthcare Management

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This post was contributed by Touro Graduate School of Business student Rauwolfia Mannan.

A Master’s in Business Administration has been an in-demand degree for a long time, but the specialization for healthcare management is fairly new. Although a recent innovation, healthcare management is a strong and growing market. Healthcare is a demanding field, and with all the improved technologies, the competition gets tougher every day. Before, a regular MBA would have sufficed for a good position in a hospital management career, but now with the latest technology and competition, people with a specialized degree and credentials are greatly preferred.  Continue reading

“If you can make it here…”: Culture shock and international students

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Welcome to JFK! (CC0 image via Wikimedia)

Contributed by: Lebogang Matome, a student in the Touro Graduate School of Business class of 2017, working towards her M.S. in International Business & Finance.

From home America, was a dream. Being awarded an opportunity to come study in America, one can only dream of and plan all the places that they want to see, in New York particularly. What a bonus to come to NYC I thought, hoping to see all those places where some of my favorite movies and reality shows where based. I had expectations of celebrities on every corner and paparazzi everywhere, with the thought of photo bombing a celebrity. It’s a place where one is given the impression that money could actually be growing in trees. It seemed that everyone who lives in New York must be a celebrity with a luxurious life, and every day is a holiday, and every time you are sad, by some coincidence it will start raining while you are walking to catch a taxi and a soundtrack will come on. But then you arrive and finally get to discover that Hollywood is in another part of America, far from New York. Continue reading

6 Tips For Getting Along With Any Boss

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This post was contributed by Yung-Hui Chen, a current student in the Touro Graduate School of Business MBA program:

When you were at the first day of your new job, you found out that your boss doesn’t laugh at your jokes like all your friends do and he seems like a very serious person. You don’t get a lot of chances to talk to him even though your desk is near his office, because he is always busy. You start to worry that he is not impressed with you, or even worse, that you got into the wrong company. But you need this job, and it seems like it could be your dream job. What are you going to do? Don’t worry, there are several things you can do to improve the situation.
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Back-to-School Moms

Graduating college is always a proud achievement, but perhaps even moreso for student mothers (CC 3.0 image by Fernando M. Larez)

This post was contributed by Touro College of Pharmacy student Saule Bekbayeva. She is a 2017 Pharm. D. candidate.

One day my son came up to me and said: “Maman, Je veux un peu de lait.”

I cried: “What?”

He repeated: “Je…LAIT!!!!”

I said: “I don’t understand. I am sorry go ask your dad!”

As I was making the bed in the morning, rushing to get out of the house to get to classes, I looked at him he as he was making a swirling sound and pointing his thumb into his open mouth. I asked my boyfriend what my son wanted to drink – milk or water?  It turned out he wanted milk. (FYI: lait is milk, d’eau is water. I always get confused in pronouncing these words.)

Ninety percent of my kid’s vocabulary is in French. Pourquoi? Well, because my boyfriend takes care of his early education while his mommy is busy going to school! Continue reading

Guest Post: Met Museum & The Museum Mile

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd & 5th (photo by Rosa Ghiam)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd & 5th (photo by Rosa Ghiam)

The Museum Mile Festival takes place on Tuesday June 9. From 6-9pm all of the museums along Museum Mile offer free admission to the public. Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic, and there will be live music and other attractions. For full details, visit the festival website. In honor of this upcoming event, Touro College of Pharmacy student Rosa Ghiam shares her experience visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has magnificent collections of art and antiquities. My mother and I used to take frequent trips to many museums, especially this one. It had been a long time since we had been there, but on her recent trip to New York, we decided that we should go. Reminiscent of days past when I was a little girl, we held hands and walked up the steps and turned to look at the park. The museum is located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile. It is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. Continue reading