Time Abroad: Fall 2007
Major: International Studies
I chose to study with the Cherrington Global Scholars program because of its convenience, ease and helpful people. Getting registered was a breeze and all my questions were quickly answered. CGS also provided a vast array of study abroad locations, so I felt that going outside the program wasn't needed. I chose Jordan in order to further my Arabic and because it is important to be familiar with a region which is of such significance to U.S. Foreign Policy. But in order to truly understand policy, one must have a good grasp for what is happening on the ground. Being so close to Palestine and Israel, Jordan was an excellent choice and I learned more about the Arab-Israeli Conflict than I thought possible. I experienced Arab and Islamic culture and have a better feel and understanding for how the region operates, and its connection to the United States. To sum up my travels, I wouldn't trade my time in the Middle East for anything, I learned so much, traveled so many places, and met so many people. If I was going to give advice to anyone undecided on their study abroad location, I would say, "Be daring!" Anyone can go to Europe or Australia later in their lives for vacation, but the opportunity to go somewhere where you may never go again is something to be treasured, and not quickly dismissed.