The most impactful part of my study in Morocco and Tunisia was looking at the Arab World from its own perspective. In Tunisia we were given the opportunity to ask questions to a former Prime Minister. One moment that struck me was when he described that his party was willing to hold off from nominating a presidential candidate if they felt it would not benefit the country. The willingness to sacrifice personally gain to benefit the country defies all US preconceptions.
I plan to take my observations of being in these countries to contribute a different perspective in my ongoing studies of the Arab World and the Middle East at school. Having learned about the culture from living in it I believe will help me navigate my studies with a new sense of clarity. The trip has only further pushed my interest in working to invest more in the people of the Arab World. Tunisia building a democracy from the bottom up is a perfect reminder of just how capable people are of creating their own bright future.
My advice to anyone studying abroad is to push yourself to be uncomfortable. The moments where you feel the most out of place are the moments where you learn the most because you’ve never experienced something like it before.
Class of 2022, International Comparative Studies