With the funds I received from the Center for Career Excellence in the form of the Internship Fellowship funding, I was able to support myself in a slightly alternative manner and replace my summer earnings so that I could complete an independent project in the form of research throughout the country of Jordan, located in the Middle East. As a Multi-Language major, I have had the opportunity to learn some of the Arabic language at St. Lawrence, and I found myself drawn to the culture and life that seemed so untouchable. I wanted to learn more, and I wanted it to be accessible, so through different sources of grant funding, I was able to create an Interactive Map of Jordan, citing places of historical, cultural, or architectural significance with photographical representation alongside written components for additional detail. This was completed under the supervision of Gisele El Khoury, Director of the Language Resource Center and Arabic Instructor here at St. Lawrence.
Not only was I able to complete this project, but I was also able to increase my proficiency in the Arabic Language, work on crucial time management skills that accompany larger projects and work in academia, and utilize the language skills I had to navigate through a place I was relatively unfamiliar with. It was a truly influential experience and without the Kettering Family Foundation Internship Fellowship I could not have done it, and for that I am very appreciative.