My Arabic NSLI-Y Summer: virtual Moroccan immersion, new relationships, frustration, and success in the Arabic language

Reloading my laptop in late April with my stomach knotted in nerves, I anxiously awaited the NSLI-Y scholarship results. I had applied in October, and since then, almost every waking thought was consumed by the NSLI-Y scholarship result. Then in April, an NSLI-Y applicant group chat buzzed my phone - results were out! I clicked … Continue reading My Arabic NSLI-Y Summer: virtual Moroccan immersion, new relationships, frustration, and success in the Arabic language

‘Hope Kept me Going’: One Holocaust Survivor’s Story 

Alice Ginsberg, 91, tells the horrifying details of living through Auschwitz, Langenbielau, and the death march.  Squashed into a railcar - deemed “killer cars” - with dozens of other people, 13-year-old Alice is yet to know she will not return to her home in Czechoslovakia until after the war. With no knowledge of the length … Continue reading ‘Hope Kept me Going’: One Holocaust Survivor’s Story 

How I received a Scholarship from NSLI-Y: Essay, Interview and Application Advice

While I was going through the NSLI-Y application last fall, I read dozens of blog posts and watched countless You-Tube videos stock-piled with advice. Now that I’ve received the NSLI-Y scholarship as an Arabic finalist (cue excitement), it’s time to make my own and hopefully help any applicants applying in 2021-22!  What is the NSLI-Y … Continue reading How I received a Scholarship from NSLI-Y: Essay, Interview and Application Advice

Taxi drivers, future husbands, and a fantastic travel-group 

It’s the people that make the place, and Egypt is no exception. From the taxi drivers zipping through the chaos of the Cairo souks and downtown bustle, to the hustler vendors coaxing their way into selling yo-yo’s and flashing balls as you eat dinner, to the marriage proposals from too many men, to the iconically … Continue reading Taxi drivers, future husbands, and a fantastic travel-group 

Missing Teachers at Colombian All-Girls Catholic School

At promptly six am the ubiquitous school bell echoes over the loudspeaker and throughout the corridors. I dodge past the kindergartners on razor scooters, the head nuns gossiping in the office, and the vice principal giving the daily announcements. I arrive at my classroom just in time for the main prayer, the school song and … Continue reading Missing Teachers at Colombian All-Girls Catholic School

Uzbekistan: The Journey Along the Silk Road – Pt 3

Once again, I found myself at a train station in Uzbekistan. I pressed my back into the cold, marble walls, my voice echoed into the high ceilings and archways, and once again, watched Uzbeks juggle and shove their items onto train cars. My mom recalls musicians dancing and singing their way through each train car. … Continue reading Uzbekistan: The Journey Along the Silk Road – Pt 3