International Studies major Cathryn Adams traveled to Amman, Jordan. Of her trip, Cathryn said: “I feel so fortunate to be in the heart of the Middle East at such an important time in history. Working with The Jordan Times has been incredible because the media has been crucial throughout the Arab Spring, and Amman has provided me with a unique environment to study and live through this exciting period for the region.”
Kiley Griffith spent a summer enacting her commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative University to create an after school program for children living in the impoverished township of Nyanga. “I created activities that promoted critical thinking skills, team building, and English proficiency. As you can see in the pictures, I also created a danced-based program for children (ages 2-5) in “creche” or preschools in two communities within the township, Khayelitsha.” Upon her return to MMC, she undertook an independent study to analyze how to combine dance and development.
Alvin Young spent a term at the IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Center in Rabat and Mohammed V University, studying Arabic and French languages and history, politics, and economy of Morocco and North Africa. “My time in the Moroccan Sahara was the most peaceful experience to date. Being in the desert allowed me to reflect on the journey that I was taking in Morocco. Not knowing what was next, it was foolish to make predictions. I had no concept of time; all I was sure about was that my presence was there in the desert and that was all that I needed to treasure.”
“Interning at Madre”, an international women’s human rights organization, “enabled me to work alongside human rights experts, gave me hands-on experience with online communications, and provided perspective as I plan for my future,” Katelyn Sives ’13 explained. An International Studies major who spent her summer studying economic development in Bangalore, India. Sives won a prestigious national Boren Scholarship to conduct senior year research on sustainable development in Brazil. As part of this scholarship, Katelyn will work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for one year upon graduation.
Joe Liner spent a semester studying abroad in China. Of his trip in 2012, Joe said: “Right now, I’m living in Hangzhou and studying Mandarin at Zhejiang University, one of the top three universities in China. My American program also provides classes in Chinese history, heritage and culture, which, along with supplementing my language studies here is allowing me to keep a proper course load and stay on track to graduate on time. I’ve wanted to go to China since I was five years old, and being here for the first time has definitely lived up to my expectations. As an International Studies major, studying abroad is a crucial part of applying the knowledge you gain by sitting in class to life around you. There is no better way to understand the world than by going to another country and experiencing it independently.”
Cathryn Adams studied in Amman, Jordan through AMIDEAST, and partnered with the Qasid Institute for Classical and Standard Arabic to complete a Middle East Studies and Arabic Language program. She also interned with The Jordan Times, Jordan’s only English daily newspaper. “I feel so fortunate to be in the heart of the Middle East at such an important time in history. Working with The Jordan Times has been incredible because the media has been crucial throughout the Arab Spring, and Amman has provided me with a unique environment to study and live through this exciting period for the region. I fell in love with Jordan when I was here last year and I simply could not stay away, especially with all the changes happening in the region. I am happy to have been able to call this place my home, and I know I will be back soon.”