Classified: Mission Moroccan Summer

Mission Status: Accepted

AGENT’S CODE NAME: بريجيد (Brigid)

Background: Over the span of six weeks beginning on June 2, the agent will travel to Meknes, Morocco and complete an intensive Arabic language program at the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco. 

Objective: It is imperative that the agent seek to possess a greater understanding of Moroccan language: grammar, vocabulary, (much improved) conversational skills, and syntax. Moreover, the agent must learn to cope with and immerse herself in Morocco through the exploration of family life, religion, gender roles, food, and history. 

Pre-Mission Agent Log:

26 May 2022

Today, as I prepare for my first mission abroad, I am overwhelmed with the task that has been assigned to me. 

When I was given the opportunity to study abroad this summer, I was hesitant to go through with my plans. I knew eventually I would end up studying abroad while at Notre Dame, but my plans were always a semester program during junior year. My hesitancy led to a very last minute decision, application, and approval.  الحمد الله! (Praise be to God)

As I quickly approach my departure date (June 2), I can still feel the hesitancy, but now the hesitancy and nerves are being overcome with excitement and anticipation. My time abroad will completely change the way I experience Arabic and the study of the language. In an immersive environment, I can use new vocabulary and grammar in a functional and conversational environment, such as with my host family or with my classmates. Beyond that, I will be immersed in a completely new culture where I can witness the traditions, lifestyle, and customs of all Moroccans. My goals include a greater proficiency in conversational Arabic, a better understanding of grammar and syntax, and a general confidence in my Arabic skills. 

My greatest hope for my time abroad actually has nothing to do with the acquisition of language although that is my biggest goal. I want my time in Morocco to teach me the true meaning of being in a situation where I am an outsider. Going to a country where I will not be fluent in the native language, be a member of the majority population, or be familiar with the lifestyle and culture is nothing less than daunting. As an avid overthinker and a constant planner, I feel vulnerable and frantic for my six weeks abroad. Despite my discomfort, I hope that from my insecurity and uncertainty I will gain a greater understanding of myself and become more confident in the obstacles I can handle. إن شاء الله! (God willing)

3 thoughts on “Classified: Mission Moroccan Summer”

  1. Thinking of you and sending well wishes! I hope you have the most amazing time and I can’t wait until you’re back so I can hear all about it!!

  2. Thinking of you! Hope your summer is everything you dreamt it to be and more! Stay safe!

  3. We’re thinking of you here and sending you all the good luck and well wishes for your travels. Being an outsider certainly isn’t comfortable sometimes, but offers so much opportunity to learn and grow. I can’t wait to read more about your travels and have no doubt that you’ll have an unforgettable summer.

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