Every term a few more students go missing from campus, as they set out and explore different parts of the world to expand their Bennington education beyond our beautiful campus. The BFP has contacted a few of those students who are scattered throughout Turkey, Norway, Morocco and more, to bring their experiences back to you, a few months before they return themselves. This week, we have Julia Barstow, '16, who is studying abroad in Morocco this semester.
BFP: How does your plan fit into what you're studying?
Julia: My plan is in Photography, Media, and Video, with part of my focus in documentary photography and journalism. I am studying abroad with the SIT program Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media. On the program I am practicing photojournalism, as well as writing. I am able to apply what I have learned in my classes at Bennington while also learning more journalism specific skills.
BFP: What drew you to that specific location?
Julia: I was drawn to studying in Morocco in part because I had an interest in learning Arabic. I also wanted to go to Morocco to see how the dynamics of a country with so many different cultural influences and languages operate.
BFP: What's a good food you've tasted?
Julia: Every Friday during my homestay in Rabat, my host mother made a huge platter of couscous and vegetables for the family. The couscous was spread on the platter with carrot, zucchini, tomato, squash, onion, cabbage, potato, and other vegetables arranged on top. The broth the vegetables were cooked in made the dish distinctly delicious.
BFP: What has most surprised you or been the biggest change for you on study abroad?
Julia: I have been surprised by how willing many people are to carry on a conversation with me, despite my limited Arabic. Their patience and kindness have been gratifying.
Check in over the next few weeks to hear what other students are doing on their study abroad!