“Hello, My Name Is…”
November 16, 2012

Brit HijkoopWhen I meet people for the first time and they ask me where I’m from, I usually end up awkwardly saying, “Well, I live in Connecticut…” and trail off, knowing I haven’t fully answered the question. At last year’s Tisch Center Orientation for freshman and transfer students, I was confronted by one of my peers, genuinely asking just what I meant by “living in” (as opposed to “coming from”) Connecticut.

Let me fill you in: I was born in the Netherlands, where I learned Dutch as my first language. At two years old, I moved to England, shortly followed by Austria and Hungary. After a couple of moves back to England, interspersed with a stint in the suburbs of Chicago, we settled back into Connecticut for a second time, just in time for my sophomore year of high school. I attended Syracuse University for my freshman year of college, before ultimately choosing to transfer to NYU’s Tisch Center – a decision that is proving to be the right one, over and over.

So. That’s that.

Now that we have that out of the way, I can tell you more about what makes me tick: it was my travels around the world that led me to choose a career in the hotel and tourism industry, and I have found my studies thus far at the Tisch Center, as well as my Marketing and PR internship at NYC & Company, to be a constant reminder that I have made the right choice. I am so passionate about the industry and the opportunities that we have available to us at NYU – I am learning new things every day, both in the classroom and walking the streets of New York City.

Follow me on my adventures as a student, an intern, and a travel-enthusiast here in the greatest city in the world: the Big Apple.

Photo by Rachael Dylenski