About My Study Abroad Program
Program: American University in Cairo
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Term: Fall 2022
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I knew I wanted to study abroad since I arrived on campus in Fall '19, but my original intended date of the 2020-21 academic year was blown up with COVID, and I could not do the 2021-22 year either because of the need to catch up on my major. So as I approached my senior year, I made it a priority to finally achieve the experience. As it relates to my program, I fell into it after realizing other programs of interest wouldn't work for a variety of reasons, and also because of my interest in having a very unique study abroad experience (i.e. not the common places of Western Europe, for example).
What did you learn about yourself?
I am far more resilient than I ever knew. When times got tough, I of course could reach out to my circle, but being so far away from everyone I really had to learn how to soothe myself and be content with my company. I also realized that my relationships really make up a huge part of my life and being. Being alone, I found that my relationships are really my why for life.
What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
Hard to pick one... my favorite Egypt-based experience was definitely going to Alexandria with friends and exploring the beautiful city. My favorite overall experience was my solo trip to Berlin, where I saw a ton of sites and went to see Kehlani in concert.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
In the words of my high school history teacher Mr. Harrell: "Embrace the suck." You have to realize that while you absolutely will have a glut of amazing, awe-inspiring, and gleeful experiences, there will be times where things are less than ideal. In those times, don't allow them to consume you or sour your experience; they're simply tests and learning experiences to make you stronger. It's okay to be lost at times--you'll find yourself along the way.
How do you identify?
Student of color, Covenant Scholars