Ashley Phillips ’12 has been blogging up a storm during her fall semester studying abroad at the University of Jordan in Amman, the capital city.
Ashley, a Communications and Fashion Merchandising double major from Newport News, VA, has blogged about visiting the ancient city of Petra, learning Arabic at the university, cooking communal dinners with her many new international and Jordanian friends, living with her Palestinian-Jordanian host family, and celebrating her 20th birthday under the stars by the Red Sea.
Ashley says, “I’m not sure there are enough words to express fully how this experience has matured me. I have definitely expanded my knowledge of the Middle East, and I gained a newfound love for the culture and the people in this region. Going to a different place opens your eyes to the world in a way that Google and the Internet never could!”
Ashley is the first recipient of Marymount’s new Scholarship for Global Engagement, which pays full tuition for an undergraduate student to study abroad for one semester. She returns to Marymount in January 2011 to continue her studies and take up her post as co-president of the Student Government Association.
Through Marymount’s Center for Global Education, about 80 to 100 students study abroad every year in just about any corner of the world they choose. Study abroad opportunities range from a few weeks to a whole semester, and new programs are constantly being added.
Read Ashley’s blog
(and see the great photos of her travels!)
Check out MU’s Study Abroad programs
Photo 1: Ashley Phillips by the Red Sea
Photo 2: Ashley (left) and another international student in Jordan flank a guard at Petra
Photo 3: Ashley on a three-hour camel ride