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,…

PDO!!!

Pre-departure Orientation is absolutely amazing. We have crammed literally so much stuff into the past 48ish hours, my brain is buzzing. I don’t even know where to begin, it was crazy. I arrived at the airport in DC after only about 6 hours of travel. Everything was very easy, and there were no major problems….

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!”…