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Jessica Snouwaert

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Media and Journalism, Arabic
Program: Documenting the Dig
Location: Huqoq, Israel
Term: Summer 2019


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I choose this program because it integrated many of my academic, career and personal interests. I could travel to a country where I spoke two of the primary languages, explore archaeology and sharpen my skills as a journalist.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned I have a lot to offer as a journalist and that working in this field is a continuous learning process.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
Swimming in the Sea of Galilee (The Kinneret) with my classmates.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Try to refrain from setting up expectations for yourself and the program. Go into study abroad with an open mind.


Would you do it again?


How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?
My study abroad program helped me gain confidence in my abilities as journalist. I was exposed to new obstacles, and by working through these obstacles I gained new skills and perspective on what it takes to be a strong writer and reporter. I also gained expedience working in the field on a very involved project which required me to balance my responsibilities of producing stories, while travelling in a foreign country. This trip was invaluable to my learning as a journalist.


How do you identify?
Covenant Scholars, Transfer Student


Could you share any experiences where your identity played a role in your time abroad?
The entire trip my identity played a role. I'm Jewish and have traveled to Israel before, therefore I was able to share my knowledge including language skills with the other students on my trip.


Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
As the only Jewish student within our group, I felt that my connection and appreciation for Israel was much stronger than my peers. This was difficult sometimes because I wished they shared the same love for the place we were in. My advice is that no matter what your background is, keep an open mind to other students experiences and be conscientious that even if your experiences aren't the same, everyone has something valuable to offer and it's worth learning from them.


If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?
I called home to friends that could empathize with me and my experiences.