My Moroccan Thanksgiving

عيد الشكر سعيد يا اصحابي Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! This year was definitely a hard Thanksgiving, just because I was so far away from my family. However, I still had a really good time 🙂 The NSLI-Y and YES groups had a pot-luck style dinner at AMIDEAST, and I was in charge of making pumpkin…

Let’s talk about FOOD.

As any exchange student knows, food is one of the best parts of living abroad. I feel like so much of a culture is shown through food. In Morocco, not only is the food delicious, but the hospitality surrounding food tells you a lot about Moroccan culture. I’ll talk through some of the most important…

The First Week (Medinas, Taxis, Bouznika, and More)

Salam! I arrived safely in Morocco a few days ago now. It was a surreal experience, after looking forward to it for so long to actually be here. It is very similar to what I expected, yet also very different. When we first arrived, it was HOT. I don’t think it was actually too hot,…

Packing for a Year (is very difficult)

So recently, I finished packing for my year abroad. It was very difficult, and my bags ended up weighing 40 and 45 pounds. Here is a comprehensive list of every single thing I shoved into my three bags. I’m not sure if this is a smart packing list or not, so take everything I will…

NSLI-Y, CBYX, and YES-Abroad Interview Experiences and Tips.

So I have now interviewed 3 (or 4, depending on how you look at it) times for a Congress/ State Department scholarships. I have interviewed twice for CBYX, once for YES and once for NSLI-Y. My NSLI-Y and YES-Abroad were actually combined though, since I applied the same year. I’ll start with CBYX, since I’ve…

The Choice Has Been Made

So, after a lot of careful thinking, I have decided whether I will be spending my gap year in Sarajevo or Rabat. I am going to Morocco with NSLI-Y to learn Arabic. It just feels right to me, and fits into my future better than Bosnia. I am kinda sad, because I love Eastern Europe…

Now, The Confusion Sets In.

So today, I was not expecting anything special. After lunch, I checked my phone one last time before I shut it off. I saw I had an email from NSLI-Y. I opened it, and what do you know?!??! “We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a 2017-18 NSLI-Y scholarship!”…

And Then it was Official!

In December of 2015, I applied to the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange, or CBYX. I was so excited, I totally wanted to spend my senior year of high school studying abroad in Germany. But then, I didn’t get it. I was super sad at first, naturally! But then I realized, there were a ton of…