Robert Keyser earned a bachelors of arts degree in International Area Studies from Drexel University in 2014.Interviewed on - 6 February 2015
My major is International Area Studies, so of course I wanted to travel. I wanted to learn and experience as much as possible in as many places as possible.
I found peace and conflict resolution studies very interesting. Additionally, both London and Amman were places on my list to visit. It was great that I was able to travel to Jordan without knowledge of Arabic.
The ability to be immersed into a culture and be forced to “sink or swim” and learn a new way of being and doing.
The dual city aspect and interweaving of cities and conflicts. Additionally, the guest speakers and site visits were unforgettable.
They were always very helpful and available with any concerns.
Stayed longer. I wish the program could have been longer.
Have fun while learning, go out and have more fun.
Sharing good times with the other students and my host family.
Shared rooms in London, homestay in Amman. It was great to interact with the other students and being culturally immersed "at home".
Beyond the expected language barrier, it would probably be experiencing Ramadan for the first time. For an entire month, Muslims are forbidden to eat or drink anything (including water) until sundown. This means that I could not be seen eating or drinking in public out of respect. I tried to fast for a few days. It is definitely something to get accustomed to.
I wrote my thesis about social rights in Jordan. Also, I constantly bring up "when I was in Jordan" in conversation. I participated in this program in 2012.