And just like that, my time in Jordan is over

I am currently sitting on an Oman Air flight from Muscat, Oman to Casablanca, Morocco, officially marking the end of my semester study abroad period in Jordan. It is crazy to think that three months and a half ago I was sitting on my flight to Amman starting a blog the same way; it feels…

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An internship in Jordan… and the end is near

I’m currently in the last part of my study abroad program in Jordan, which involves me partaking in a full-time internship instead of taking classes. I’m a research intern at NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions, a research, polling, and consultancy firm established and headquartered in Amman. The institution consists on a group of experts taking action…

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My experience in the United Arab Emirates

My study abroad experience is based in Jordan, but it includes an international excursion component. The topic of my program is “Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East,” and in my case the international excursion was to the United Arab Emirates. The purpose behind it was to gain a different perspective on…

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Oh, Amman…

Oh, Amman, how do I even begin to describe you? There is no way some paragraphs, an essay, or a whole encyclopedia can do you justice. Each day I spend in your city limits brings something new intermingled in the fabric of everydayness. From the towering minarets rising from a sea of small beige buildings,…

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Jordan Pre-Departure

As I sit here on a Qatar Airways flight heading to Amman, Jordan with a layover in Doha, Qatar, I can’t help think back to one of the main reasons why I chose to study abroad: to challenge myself; to change me. It’s not that I don’t like who I am, it’s just that, in…

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Love Letter to ISP: A Closing Reflection

The last five or six weeks of my time abroad could be described as a whirlwind in which my schedule, hectic even for SIT’s standards, hardly allowed me the time to pause and reflect on the enormity of all I had experienced and learned and how quickly my time in Chile was coming to an…

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New Suns

As I begin to write my final post for the spring semester of 2018, I snack on a ginger and mint smoothie bowl at Banan in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ginger and mint you might wonder? It’s a delicious juxtaposition. I decided to extend my layover in Hawaii to two days. I was hoping for peaceful relaxation,…

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A Reflection on Studying Languages

During the very first few days of my program, I remember having a conversation with one of my fellow classmates that has continued, throughout the entirety of the semester, to perfectly encapsulate the tedious, complex, and yet entirely fascinating process of learning a new language. Our talk followed a particularly-lengthy orientation lecture, during which, at…

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Finding Family in Fasito’o

After a weeklong stay in a rural village, my knowledge and understanding of Samoan culture has grown significantly. I found myself doing things I never could have imagined – like scraping a coconut on a bench or having someone fan my food while I ate. I was accepted into an enormous family of about seventeen…

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Promesa de Putre

Yesterday marked the end of our first of two excursions during our program and, though physically exhausted, I feel a newfound emotional and mental revitalization that has brought me out of a slump that, before this trip, I hadn’t even known I was in. During the last six days, I have traveled to both Arica,…

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