Senior, Political Science & History
Host location: Cairo, Egypt
Program: Amid East: Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt
Term: Fall 2012
Overall, on a scale of one to five, Thomas rates this program a five.
What surprised you most about your host country?
How nice and welcoming the people were. I expected to encounter some anti-American sentiment, but it wasn’t an issue at all.
What was your housing like?
I lived in a large apartment with seven guys. We had two kitchens, five bedrooms, a balcony, and entirely too much fun.
What is your favorite memory from abroad?
I traveled to Jordan for fall break and visited Petra. It is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I almost had to sit down and gather myself.
What’s your number one piece of advice for a student looking to do a program similar to yours?
Take any and all opportunities to interact with the local culture. Making friends in foreign countries is easier than you think. Don’t leave without establishing a few (at least) meaningful relationships with people from your host country (what else is Facebook for??).