Three weeks down and a trip to the east coast

Nothing much has changed since my last post, though Middlebury keeps rushing right along. I just finished “reading” a novel (I am not sure if I should use the word read because, yes, my eyes did pass over every word, though I didn’t understand all of it) and am preparing for a presentation tomorrow in class on censorship in Moroccan media.

I have never loved the weekend as much as I do here. Every Friday night we watch an Arabic film, and though we are still given lots and lots of homework, it is nice to be able to take my time completing it. This Saturday was particularly fun. As a school we took a day trip on Saturday to Santa Cruz, about an hour away from Mills Campus here in Oakland. I spent most of the day with a few classmates wandering around the boardwalk area by the beach and studying in a cafe in town.

This Tuesday I am leaving campus and missing class for four whole days to attend meetings in Washington DC for the Fulbright Orientation. It will be tough to miss so much class: they insist that a day at Middlebury is equivalent to a week of regular classes, and it does feel that way most days. I am excited, though, to get more information about the coming year, and to meet the other people going to Morocco. I will also have the opportunity to speak with returning Fulbright grantees from Morocco and from my field about their experiences. Hopefully I will be able to post pictures!

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About Laura McAdams

Laura McAdams is a Master’s student at University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. Her experience in the MENA region includes 15 months as a Fulbright student researcher to Fez and Ifrane, Morocco in 2010 and 2011. Her project was interested in understanding the disconnect between the policies of technology usage in education and the reality of how these policies unfold in the classroom. Summer 2012 she returned to the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco to work with a women’s weaving cooperative. She is excited to learn more about other countries in the MENA region and issues involving education policy and reform, technology usage in curriculums and gender equality in education. One of Laura’s lifelong goals is to one day be able to sit down and leisurely read a newspaper in Arabic.
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