Mail from Berlin: Meet the NYU Berlin ResLife Team

Hello future Berliners!

We are Emma, Adam and Catharina—the Residential Life team at NYU Berlin. We are looking forward to introducing you to Berlin and to supporting you as you make the city and the site a “home away from home.”

Catharina von Bredow, Emma van Rossum, Adam Silow

Having lived, studied, and worked in multiple countries, we have a wealth of experience in adjusting to new environments. It’s exciting, at times challenging, and different for each one of us.

A bit more about us:

Emma is one of NYU Berlin’s Resident Assistants. Born in France to a French mother and an Argentinean father, she has lived and worked in France, Argentina, the U.S., and Germany. After completing an M.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies and an M.A. in Linguistics, she gained experience both in education and in the cultural sector. After several stays abroad and as a former international student, she is very excited to help students adjust to their new life in Berlin.

Adam recently joined the NYU Berlin team as an RA. Unable to stay put, Adam has lived in 4 different states, including Arizona where he recently graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with degrees in Global Studies and Economics. Adam studied issues of international development and foreign policy in places like Ghana and Washington, D.C.; nevertheless, after a semester abroad in Berlin, Adam fell in love with the city. He is excited to return to this thriving metropolis and help NYU Berlin students make the most out of their study abroad.

Catharina is NYU Berlin’s Residential Life Coordinator. Born in Northern Germany she moved to England to go to university. She holds a BA in International Business from the University of Brighton and a MA in Translation Studies from Heidelberg University. Countries she lived and worked over the last 18 years include England, Italy, Argentina, Paraguay, South Africa, and Kenya. Now, after many years of living abroad, Catharina has moved to Berlin and is delighted to use her first-hand experience of living and working in new destinations and different cultures to assist the students to settle into their new home away from home.

Once you arrive in Berlin and meet us in person, you will see that our roles are quite different from those of Resident Assistants at your home campuses. The three of us are full-time members of the NYU Berlin staff; together with Linn and Anne in the Student Life office, we’ll work with you to make your time in Berlin fun and enlightening. We’ll be available for chats about what to do in Berlin, homesickness or getting by in a foreign language, and we’ll organize recreational events for you. In past semesters we have picnicked in the park, visited a theatre, and organized some themed city walks. We’ll also be here to help with making doctor’s appointments and navigating the sea of German bureaucracy.

Foremost, we’re here as local resources as you discover Berlin and build a personal relationship with this amazing and exiting city.

We look forward to getting to know you.

Tschüss und bis bald!
Emma, Adam and Catharina

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