When I first started the Washington Semester Program at American University, I did not know what to expect, who I was going to meet, or what I was going to learn. I was a little nervous, but now that it is all ending, I am a little sad about it all.
My specific program of study was Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond, which was new to me since I have not really studied the Middle East in many of my previous courses. My professor, Dr. Mohamed Nimer, is a brilliant man who wanted our little class of eight students to truly enjoy our time in DC and experience new and exciting things. Dr. Nimer is different from many of the professors that I have had, but he is also the same because he cares and invests so much of his time to make sure that we are truly learning and having an engaging experience in his class. At the same time, he is very nice and generous. He has done many things to give us a taste of some of the culture and the food in the Middle East, such as providing food for us and taking us to many different restaurants. It was at these moments that I felt like I was back at Ferrum because my class has grown to be a little family and it will be hard to see everyone go.
This is going to sound really corny and emotional, but I have cried about the fact that everything is ending and that I am leaving my internship. In case you missed my previous blog post, I have been an intern at the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC, also known as WAC-DC. It is a small office with a staff of only about five people not including the interns, but even with that small number of staff, we host big events that gather a lot of attention and attendance.
|Interns with the Ambassador of Brazil|
|Interns with the Ambassador of Singapore|
|Me with Dr. Vali R. Nasr|
|With Alexandra Huddleston, American photographer|
|With American author and public opinion pollster, John Zogby|
My parents have noticed a change in me and so have some of my friends who I've seen when I go home, but my friends are Ferrum are going to be a bit surprised. I have learned a lot and it is hard to express everything in words, but I now have a lot of experience that I can apply to many different aspects of the Ferrum community and the organizations that I am involved in. Next semester is going to be interesting at Ferrum, but I am ready for the challenge.
You never know what opportunities are going to present themselves in your life. Some might seem a little scary or too big to handle, but as long as you go for it, things will work out and the end result will be a pivotal change in your life. The poem that best summarizes everything is The Road Less Taken by Robert Frost.