Our "What They Brought Back" series will look at eight students and the momentos they keep as reminders of the people, places, and experiences from their study abroad programs all over the world.
Name: Maeve CampbellClass of: 2013Major: International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and CivilizationsLocation: Amman, JordanProgram: Boren Scholarship for International StudyBest part of your trip in five words: Turkish soap operas in Arabic
Until her trip to Jordan, Campbell had never left the 48 contiguous United States. Now, the inside of her passport is filled with stamps that prove her passion for foreign service, the Arabic language, and the Middle East. While in Jordan, she grew to appreciate a rather surprising yet beautiful attribute of Jordanian culture: the family-based support system, which, she found, is much less prevalent in Western society. “In Jordan it seems like if something’s a problem, it’s the whole family’s problem,” she said. “You’re not on your own to figure it out. It’s a higher level of responsibility.”