Dakota S.

Junior - International Studies
Grew Up Nomadic

Study Abroad Location: Rabat, Morocco

Interests: Swimming, running, reading, travelling

Extra Curricular Activities: Lifeguarding, volunteering with refugee relocation in Albuquerque

Red or Green? red

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
— Jane Goodall

Favorite Class: Children in Genocide, Arabic Language

Favorite Bands: Of Monsters and Men, Billy Joel, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes

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What are your plans after college?
Working to improve processing for refugees. Displacement is a problem that isn’t going to be resolved for a long time and it needs to be addressed, not swept under the rug. Also, I would love to intern for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Have you ever lived overseas?
I’ve lived in the Netherlands, China, Oman, Mozambique and Turkey and had the privilege to visit even more countries. As odd as my lifestyle may seem, the idea of growing up in a single town with years of history between friends and neighbors is completely foreign, and a little spooky, to me. I caught the travel-bug young.

Why Morocco?
Since I was a kid I’ve had an odd obsession with Morocco. When I was four or five I wrote in a diary “if I could go to school anywhere, I would go to Morocco because it’s cool and I could wear a silly hat”. I’m assuming I meant a fez.
However, I didn’t choose Morocco because of a childhood pipe-dream. An opportunity to advance my Arabic skills presented itself. Still it’s funny how life works.

Why is it important to study abroad?
Studying abroad enables you to become familiar with another way of life. When you live in a different cultural setting and step out of your comfort zone, it becomes easier to empathize with others.

Meet Dakota S.

Shoes Inhibit the Imagination

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Tetouan is a stunning, but strange city for a weekend hiking trip. Looking past the mountain vistas, wooded hills and the terraced souq, I noticed a startling amount of untreated mental illness. Tetouan’s resources are probably like any other city in Morocco, but a cursory observation left me quite saddened. The numbers of homeless/beggars in […]

A Candid Review

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Let’s hope EGE doesn’t read my blog. The PEASS program at EGE is hit or miss. As part of the second semester of our intensive Arabic program, we’ve been taking topics courses in Arabic on revolution, religion, the history of Morocco and political institutions in Morocco. Our classes are now mixed levels and we’ve been […]

Brace Yourselves: Al-Shitta is Coming

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Heads up, Rabat gets cold in the winter (Al-Shitta الشتاء) months. If it’s sunny during the day it’s beautiful, but there have been some chilly winds a-blowing, especially at night and in the morning. My friends and I who have not been blessed with heating in our apartments (the majority) have spent the past week […]

Fingers Crossed, Inshallah and All That Jazz

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Despite the struggle of moving apartments after a massive outbreak of mold (water-damage finally did its work, lesson learned), things are improving steadily. This might be attributable to the much-needed break I had with family in Namibia, followed by a week in London. It was so strange to be back in regions where English was […]

A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way

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Even with some 10,000 km of physical distance, this semester feels a little too raw for a full reflection, especially a public one! Instead, I’d like to take this opportunity to make a Public Service Announcement. When you’re packing your bags for a study abroad, you’re not just packing material things to get you through […]