Liza is attending spring semester on the Overseas Student Program of Ben‐ Gurion University of the Negev. She is from Reading, Pennsylvania and is earning her degree through the University of Pittsburgh.

Before We Say Goodbye
July 4, 2012 -
July 4, 2012 - Well here I am sitting in the laundry room on a quiet Saturday morning, anxiously waiting to pack away the last of my clothes. As my suitcases become more and more full, I cannot believe that six months in Israel have gone by. Just yesterday the OSP guys were hauling the girls’ luggage up the dorm steps while we stood idle “supervising.” And, to think, early tomorrow morning we will be making our way to the airport—each of us branching off in different directions.
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Panera – No, Israel Salad – Yes
June 4, 2012 -
June 4, 2012 - The sun is shining, the pool is open and the student life is stronger than ever as we say goodbye to the month of May. With a life like this I cannot fathom doing my homework anywhere but the pool, or trading refreshing Israeli salads for mediocre Panera. This month has certainly been a balancing act between academics and my social calendar. Now, more than ever, I feel like a fully integrated Ben Gurion University student—at times I even tell my Israeli friends about new places to check out in Beer Sheva!
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“Beer Sheva Sick”
May 7, 2012 -
As April came to a close, it was becoming clear that each passing month in Israel was flying by faster than the last. During April, a month jam packed with holidays, there always seemed to be a reason to celebrate and feel the immense pride and warmth for the country.
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In like a lion out like a lamb
April 5, 2012 -
April 5, 2012 - Reflecting upon my month of March in Israel, I think the saying “In like a lion out like a lamb,” was representative of what seemed to be a series of international weather phenomenon…. However, ‘wild, Beer Sheva dog’ and ‘camel’ may be more fitting in terms of Israel’s wildlife. As February came to a close, I was eager to welcome my family to Israel – the perfect segue into the start of the semester that quickly approached.
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Experiencing the different dynamics of Israel
March 1, 2012 -
March 1, 2012 - February represented a major transition in my abroad experience. After spending a considerable amount of time familiarizing myself with Beer Sheva—navigating the city, exploring campus, and socializing with students both in my program and locally—I had an itch to begin experiencing different dynamics of Israel, from the cosmopolitan to the religious.
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