Jerusalem. Al Quds. Temple Mount. Al Aqsa. Israel. Palestine. Regarded by members of all three Western religions as one of the most holy cities in the world, the piece of land has been fought over for eons. President Trump’s decision earlier this week to officially declare the coveted city as the “capital of Israel” was … Continue reading Opinion: Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem… America’s Newest Diplomatic Catastrophe?
I am so honored to say that I have been selected as an alumni representative for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program! Being an alumni representative has been a dream of mine ever since I came back from Jordan, and I can't believe it has come true! As a Virtual Representative, I … Continue reading I’m a NSLI-Y Alumni Representative!
As I stepped into the vicinity of the Riverbend Church, I took immediate note of my colorful surroundings. For the eye, the area was lined with rows of stalls displaying art, food, and cultural artifacts from all across the world. For the ear, the air was filled with tones and melodies of different languages. Kippahs, … Continue reading What Truly “Makes America Great”
When I saw the NSLI-Y challenge for International Education Week, the question got me thinking. “How would you convince your neighbor to apply for NSLI-Y? Share about the benefits of cultural exchange.” I mused over the question for a while, and tried to think of the best answer that would truly capture the enormous impact … Continue reading I would go again in a heartbeat…
I’m an outsider to the visual arts world. When given a pencil, my drawing is limited to stick figures. Some crayons and a coloring book result in a well-intended but failed scribble. A hunk of clay is reduced to a limited pinch pot. It’s not just my poor artistic abilities, I have to admit to … Continue reading An Ode to the Clay Community
Walking into the small room plastered with children's’ artwork and school assignments proudly on display, I realized that it was only months ago that I had last stood in the same spot. Just a few months. Yet so much had changed. I, the volunteer who once knew little more than the Arabic alphabet, could now … Continue reading Tutoring Refugee Kids with iACT!
**Caution: This post is intended for linguistics nerds.** 😁 As we walked into the famous Atlanta pizzeria, “Antico Pizza”, a bright green sign on the door caught my eye. “APERTO”, the poster proclaimed, the Italian word bold on the solid background. It was our last day in Atlanta, and we were about to head home … Continue reading A Slice of Pizza and a Linguistic Query
These past months, after returning from Jordan, I have been avidly following a lot of the NSLI-Y year program blogs, especially of the students who are studying Hindi and spending the year in Indore, a city in Central India. Reading their experiences has really made me think, and I have realized that I am getting … Continue reading Different Faiths through Different Lenses
It’s been seven weeks since I came back to the States from my amazing summer in Jordan. When I first arrived, and was surrounded by English, Hindi, and essentially anything but Arabic, a frantic stress gripped me. Every day, hour, minute I was forgetting words I had spent weeks learning. In Jordan, I was surrounded … Continue reading Continuing with my Arabic Studies in the States
Code switching. The ability to seamlessly transition from one language to another without faltering. To some, it's second nature. To me, it's still a very distant dream. Growing up bilingual, I have found it easy to fluently switch between Hindi and English with the snap of a finger. However, as I continue to add more … Continue reading Code Switching: My Distant Dream