Global Study Semester:
SIT Morocco Journalism and New Media
Sociology/Cinema & Media Studies
Activities on Campus:
- Bullets Marching Band
- Sisterhood Chair of Sigma Alpha Iota
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Co-editor of the Gettysburg College Spectrum Yearbook
My Story from Global Study:
While walking around the market in Rabat Morocco, I got lost and was unsure where I was or how to get back to my host family’s home. Unable to read or understand any of the language, I was just wandering around, hoping to see something familiar to find my way back. I eventually called my host brother, however my Moroccan phone ran out of minutes before I was able to communicate where I was or ask how to get back. Eventually, I went up to a stranger and tried to speak Arabic as best I could to communicate where to go. A teenage girl sitting nearby could tell I was struggling to speak Arabic. She started speaking English to me. I was so grateful and happy that I was able to communicate with me and I could speak fluent English with someone. She gave me suggestions about how to get back to my host family’s home. I was relieved that I found someone who was able to speak English and help me get home. I eventually was able to find my way back home.
My Advice for Future Students:
Never be afraid to try something new and outside your comfort zone. While it may be scary to try new food, travel unusual places, or be unable to speak the language, it is these moments that make a person grow and create a memorable study abroad experience.