Undergraduate Anthropology Major, Amanda Yee, Awarded Hicks Scholarship
Amanda spent the Summer in Amman, Jordan studying Arabic. Read about her experience below:
"During the summer of 2012, I participated in an Arabic study program at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan. The program was designed to encompass an entire year’s worth of study into two months, and as such, was very challenging and intensive in nature. What I enjoy about these kinds of programs though, is that the classes tend to be smaller, so that each person receives more individualized attention and more opportunities to practice the language as opposed to a large classroom setting of twenty-plus students. Our classes met five times a week for four hours a day, and I also took the opportunity to take supplementary courses in Jordanian dialect and Qur’anic recitation.
Though the classes were tremendously helpful in increasing my command of the language, what distinguished this study abroad for me were the incredible experiences I had outside of the classroom. The classes helped me to attain a level in the language in which I could finally discuss complex issues in Arabic with my Jordanian friends, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, gender relations in the Arab world, and encroaching Western influence on Jordanian society. I was also in Jordan during Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims fast during the day. My fondest memories of Amman are breaking the fast with friends at sundown and staying up late to eat suhoor (the meal eaten in the middle of the night) with them."