It feels strange to wake up in the morning without having to face unfinished homework or a pile of new vocab words. Being done with Middlebury is a wonderful feeling.

This session was much more difficult than I expected. Our class was very discussion-oriented, and we worked with a lot of articles and listening clips outside the standard textbook. Toward the end of the summer, we were choosing the listening clips for class and we were leading class discussions. The professors just helped the discussions along if needed. Though I really struggled though class at times, I feel like I am more prepared to improve my Arabic and direct my own path of study.

Now that I am back at home in Portland with my family, it is time for me to start preparing for Morocco. I’ve signed my contracts, procured a (one-way) ticket to Casablanca for the 5th of September, and… that’s about it. I have a little less than a month to gather the things I think I’ll need but won’t be able to buy in Morocco, and, perhaps more importantly, really start thinking about the change that is coming, and what exactly it is I want to get out of the year abroad. Of course, improving my Arabic and completing my research project is at the top of the list, but I came out of Middlebury thinking, what exactly do I want to do with this skill that I am working so hard master? Teach? Translate? Government work?

I realized that I was not as diligent at taking photos as I should have been, but here are some from Washington DC.

Humble Lodgings in Washington DC

Though I spent most of my time in Washington DC at various meetings in the hotel's basement, I did get to see a small sliver of the city.

Jessica, her sister and I walked to the White House after picking me up from the airport.

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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1 Response to Freedom

  1. Amy says:

    Well if you want to do some government work, I got you some job ideas from the peeps here in Germany. When I told one of them that you were going to Morocco for arabic, those fingers were typing so fast and before I knew it, the print button was pressed and I had a couple of warm sheets of paper in my hand with job information. You’re in high demand sis.

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