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Winter Break at Hebrew University
In January 2013, I had the incredible opportunity of traveling to Israel, along with a group of 15 other students and 2 professors, studying at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As part of the two-week program, we traveled extensively around Israel, including to Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and the Galilee region.
During our time in Israel, we took classes revolving around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the overall concept of combining religion and politics within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For two days of the trip, we traveled to the West Bank in the Palestinian Territories, exploring the cities of Bethlehem and Jericho, both having incredible significance in all three monotheistic religions.
As a freshman at the time, I quickly became fascinated by the Middle East, leading me to concentrate and further my knowledge on the region as a whole. Currently as a senior, I have traveled extensively around the Middle East including studying abroad in Egypt this past spring semester, as well as taking trips to Turkey and Jordan. Overall, having the opportunity to visit Israel broadened my horizons. I know without this unique experience I would not be where I am today.
—Katie Wellington ’15