The Chronicles Continue
By Lizzie - September 27, 2018

Being asked to do a speech at the End of Ulpan ceremony was hugely flattering, and utterly terrifying. Saying goodbye to the status quo and the people with whom you’ve surrounded yourself can be hard to deal with but knowing that there’s more to come drives life. The end of Ulpan marked an introduction to a new chapter of my time in Israel and the Middle East.

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Veh zehro
By Maya - September 17, 2018

Veh zehro. And that’s it. This is likely among my favorite Hebrew phrases that I have learned in the Ulpan. Veh zehro is not only useful for shopping at the shuk or ordering at local restaurants, but for describing quirks and aspects of daily life in Israel. Despite assumptions that everything about Israel is security-related, […]

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Starting to Swim
By Marissa - August 24, 2018

At the end of my first day in Beer-Sheva, I went to the pool. Somewhere in that moment, underneath the haze of nerves and exhaustion, things seemed to… click. Moving across the planet from Seattle to Israel went from an abstract intellectual concept to reality.

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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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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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