Name: Sara Sadat-Hossieny
Major: Neurobiology, Biomedical Biology
Study Abroad Location(s): Meknes, Morocco
Best piece of advice you got while abroad: You can be happy anywhere you are. You just have to learn to appreciate the beauty and opportunities of your own environment.
What was the most unusual or “non-American” thing you did abroad? On our visit to the Saharan desert, I had the opportunity to sleep under the stars and to wake up before the morning call to prayer to watch the sun rise with the talented and multilingual Berbers. They taught me how to cook couscous, play the drums, and race up sand dunes!
Other Travel Experiences: Spain- The orientation to my Morocco study abroad program took place in Granada, Spain. Granada was the perfect transition from the culture of the west to that of the east. After visiting the Alhambra, a Moorish fort with remnants of Islamic architecture, I was ready for the next few months in Morocco. I also had the chance to visit Barcelona and Madrid on separate trips to Spain.
*Favorite phrase/quote in any language: Inshallah! This phrase means “God willing” but the Moroccans used it in a lot of different ways. It ranged in meaning from a polite way to say “no” or “probably not” to a more promising “hopefully.”
“We’ll make it to class on time, Inshallah,” usually meant we’ll probably be late to class.