An Ode to Walmart
By Logan - June 5, 2018

I’ve been a little under the weather for the past few days. Nothing serious, just a slight head cold, but it’s been enough to make me reminisce on the comforts of home. Particularly, the one thing I’ve come to miss most about home during my time here has been knowing where to find everything I need.

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Hebrew, Cats, and Joy
By Vera - May 23, 2018

Baby kittens roaming around and the strong perfume of flowers have elevated the campus. I’ve had the joy of spending the past couple Shabbats here in Be’er Sheva cooking up a storm with friends.

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Checking In: Life at BGU Thus Far
By Nancy -

The path taken to succeed in life is certainly not straight. It’s curved and occasionally has roadblocks, U-turns, and there will be plenty of surprises. Coming to Israel was undoubtedly the greatest detour I could have imagined. This amazing opportunity presented itself at random and I choose to dive in. I haven’t regretted this choice even once.

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Seeing the Bigger Picture (and having fun!)
By Nancy - April 19, 2018

As a little girl I always knew that I wanted to help people. Adults would often ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer changed a few times throughout the years although each potential job involved helping others and a splash of adrenaline. Being in Israel, I have realized that this experience is beyond my wildest dreams!

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Hope
By Vera - April 16, 2018

This was our first week back from a beautiful Passover break. It was the best Passover of my life! I spent it with three friends from the OSP and the other amazing people we met on a program in Tsfat called Livnot U’Lehibanot. We went through the whole Seder, and I played the part of “Ten Plagues” during a skit. I feel so blessed to have spent this Passover in Israel.

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Speaking a New Language
By Logan - April 11, 2018

Adjusting to life in Israel has meant not only changing my daily routine and getting comfortable operating in a foreign place with a new language, but also learning how to become a part of and participate in a brand new culture. While every guide book and tourist manual can explain the differences between US and Israeli culture, nothing truly prepares you for immersion in a new way of life quite like diving in head-first.

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New Semester Adventures
By Vera - March 12, 2018

This first week of school has been wonderful. The classes are small and engaging, with professors and students from various academic backgrounds. In our free time, my friends and I continue to discuss the material. I’m always delighted and pleasantly surprised by the conversations we have. For example, last weekend we got into the topic of Jewish mysticism while enjoying fudgy peanut butter ice cream.

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What I Learned on a Bus in Beer-Sheva
By Logan -

Coming from a small town in rural Virginia, even my college town of 50,000 people is an entirely new world to me. Everything in my hometown is accessible only by car; it’s very hard to even walk to the grocery store. On top of that, everyone knows everyone, which makes life in my city in the US even smaller. Now imagine my shock finding myself in Beer-Sheva, with a population of over 200,000 people!

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Embracing Unfamiliarity
By Nancy - February 6, 2018

As someone who had never traveled abroad before my time in Israel, I was incredibly excited and slightly nervous to begin this adventure. The initial cultural adjustment was very manageable (chiefly just handling jet lag) and I have encountered very few issues thus far. Choosing to study at BGU as an international student has undoubtedly been one of the best choices I have ever made.

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