Image of students in the 2013 UN study away group, courtesy of Jerry Jerome.
Dr. Nikolaos Zahariadis and a group of 19 students visited the United Nations over spring break. The trip, part of his class PSC 466: The United Nations, was full of lectures, tours, and even food and fun (the Japanese hotdogs were notable to more than one student). Some of the students wrote blogs about their experiences and took pictures, so you can get a first-hand account of what it was like!

UN 2013 logo. The United Nations trip was an eye opening experience and a great application of the UN class taught by Dr. Zahariadis. In class, we listen to lectures and read about the United Nations' organs and its flaws, but nothing is more exciting than to actually hear about the practice, the stories, and the paths the UN employees had to take to arrive at their current destinations.

UN 2013 logo. As an International Studies major here at UAB, I am always looking for opportunities to learn more about the diverse world that we all live in. Naturally, I registered for Dr. Zahariadis's United Nations class and signed up for the Spring break trip to the United Nations' headquarters in New York.

UN 2013 logo. There are many things I found interesting and exciting about the trip to the UN. It was surreal to sit in the hall of the General Assembly knowing that, in this location, 193 member states come together to discuss international issues and try to solve problems.

UN 2013 logo. Some of us had been to NYC while others like me hadn't. The required sightseeing was done at the very beginning. Wall Street, Freedom Tower being built, Times Square, and that ilk. It was out of the way really fast, and I liked that. The lectures were very informative, and most were worth paying to see.

UN 2013 logo. The trip to New York was a great experience! One thing that I loved about this experience was to actually see the United Nations and listen to some of the briefings by UN speakers. It's amazing to think that I walked in the same building as other leaders of the world. It was also an eye-opening experience because one actually gets to see how things work.