Ahlan wa Sahlan! I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. I am a junior at Colorado State University, majoring in International Studies as well as minoring in Arabic Studies and International Development. I am about to achieve a dream of mine as I spend my spring semester in the captivating city of Amman! I have been influenced by the Arab world my whole life as my father is from Morocco which has given me the opportunity to spend many summers amongst family and friends, absorbing the culture. I chose to study in Jordan to stray away from what is easy and familiar in Morocco and instead challenge myself to become more independent. I hope to improve my Arabic language skills tremendously and experience first-hand the Jordanian culture. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I plan to join the Peace Corps in an Arab speaking country and work to generate awareness about the importance of youth advancement throughout the world. Ultimately, I aspire to start my own international non-profit organization promoting human rights. I am excited for this incredible opportunity to blog about my experiences while studying abroad as I jump headfirst into Jordan to experience the unknown!