News, news, I have good news! In a random turn of events, I have been selected as a CLS Scholarship recipient for the summer of 2016!!
Wow. Just wow. What an honor this is! I have such mixed emotions. I am thrilled to have been selected in this nationwide competition and have met many participants who are thoroughly impressive in both their language abilities and ambitions in life. We are all coming from different disciplines, different parts of the country, different cultures, and different language levels.
I would highly recommend applying for this scholarship if you have any notion of studying abroad. CLS truly takes care of its participants, as well as creates exciting opportunities both at home and abroad. Check out the details here: http://clscholarship.org/
I have been selected to study abroad in Jordan for two months this summer. I began studying Arabic ten months ago after arriving in Maryland in preparation for grad school. This trip is going to be an intensive study in language and culture. With hard work, I hope to be able to reinforce what little Arabic study I have done and make significant progress in the language.
As most of you know, Russia is usually what I can be found gushing about, so this is a departure for me. Ideally, I plan to study religion in Russia, with a focus on Islam. In studying Islam, it is beneficial to have experience in the Arabic language. This is what lead me to apply for the CLS Scholarship and, consequently, get selected for travel to Jordan.
Wish me luck, friends! This is a place in the world I have never been, so I’m not precisely sure what to expect. But being a person who loves adventures, this will be a fruitful and remarkable experience.