The Arabic Flagship Program in Meknes, Morocco was truly a once in a lifetime experience. My fellow students and I were fully immersed in Arabic for 12 months. From the taxis to the souq, everything you saw, heard and said was in Arabic. I miss both the language study, the camaraderie and the adventure. The relationships I formed with my fellow students are some of the strongest of my life. You travel, eat, laugh, struggle and live together. My Arabic language skills also improved immensely in Morocco and the teachers were truly amazing, both in terms of their personalities and linguistic knowledge. It was an experience I will never forget and the skills I acquired are invaluable in life and work.
My extraordinary host family made my Morocco experience incredibly special. Their warmth, flexibility, patience, openness and encouragement enhanced my learning and led to many fascinating and skill-building conversations. For me, the home stay experience was an essential component of the Flagship program.
My favorite thing about the program so far has just been that I have noticed so much improvement in terms of my ability to debate and even argue in Arabic, and to converse with the locals in their dialect rather than MSA and to be perfectly understandable and to understand as well. I have also found myself many times in a position where I have to do things I have previously been afraid of doing (even it it's just trying new types of food), and that has given me a lot of courage. I love discovering new things about Meknes and Morocco that I really love and that I would not have otherwise known about had I not been adventurous.