Ebony studied abroad in Meknes, Morocco through the Study Abroad Provider, International Studies Abroad. She will graduate from WKU this December with a degree in Painting.
When and where did you study abroad?
Spring 2013 - Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco
Tell us about your experience abroad:
During the spring semester of 2013, I studied abroad in Meknes, Morocco at Moulay Ismail University. Morocco is breathtakingly beautiful! I never experienced a country with such a dramatic and contrasting landscape within such a close proximity. Snow covered mountains, the Sahara Desert, green rolling hills - the only thing more alluring than the terrain was the hospitality that I often experienced at the university and within the community. Before I studied in Meknes, I had previously studied abroad on two other occasions, once in Australia and again in France. Of all three countries I found my time in Morocco to be the most culturally rewarding. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my time abroad in Morocco.
What was your favorite moment abroad?
While I was in Meknes I led an English class twice a week. Volunteering gave me the chance to root myself in Meknes apart from my American peers and host university. Initially, the opportunity intimidated me but by the time I left Morocco, I knew that I had met the challenge I was presented with and befriended my students in the process. In the end, I think it was my students that taught me the most. I will forever be their grateful pupil.
What advice would you give to other students thinking about studying abroad?
The time is now, if study abroad is something you're interested in pursuing: go for it! Our university prides itself on being a "leading university with international reach", hold WKU to it! Get in touch with the campus, study abroad, scholarship, and financial aid advisors and get a plan in action. With the right resources, international education is attainable!
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