Emma Jerzyk

Brown University
Rabat - Study in Rabat

Hi there, I’m Emma, and I’m from Hinsdale, IL. I’m a senior at Brown University studying computer science and Middle Eastern studies. No, you are not the first person to tell me I should work for the CIA. I like stories, and I like data. I like combining them even more. Follow my blog for an in-depth look at Moroccan culture!

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May 23, 2017

Last week, we all said goodbye. Thursday night, we had a farewell dinner for everyone in the program to say goodbye to the staff and faculty. Friday night, all the students got together on the Rabat beach to say goodbye to each other before we left.

May 16, 2017

Time for the truth: For the past few months, every other day I would ask myself if I had made a mistake. I traveled for a month before this program, and after this, I’m moving on to do the IES Abroad Summer EU Program before traveling on my own for another six weeks.

May 12, 2017

My time in Rabat has been filled with trips — small and large — outside of Rabat. One of the first weekends of the program, I went to Tarifa, Spain, a little beach town opposite Tangier across the Gibraltar; I spent a weekend in Chefchaouen; I went to Portugal and Spain over spring break.

May 9, 2017

Last weekend, the IES Abroad Rabat Center took a trip to Bensmim, a small village in the Middle Atlas mountains in order to learn more about life in the countryside in Morocco. 

April 12, 2017

The other day, I walked out of the front door of my homestay — just like I do every day — and a man who was pouring something down the drain outside my alleyway stopped dead in his tracks, stared at me, and yelled, “Welcome to Morocco!” 

April 12, 2017

It’s officially halfway through the semester. It has been six weeks. It feels like I arrived in Rabat, I blinked, and now we’re here. But coming back from a long and relaxing sojourn in Portugal and Spain, I realized how much Rabat is becoming a home to me. 

March 29, 2017

The IES Abroad Rabat program put together a faux wedding in order for students to better understand Moroccan weddings.

March 22, 2017

IES Abroad Rabat visited Erg Chebbi, one of two sand seas from the Sahara in Morocco. The neighboring town, Merzouga, is a tourist hub. During the summer, many tourists come to be buried under the sand, as it is believed to be a cure for arthritis.

March 16, 2017

The Amazigh Cultural Center was founded in 2003. The Amazigh people are the native inhabitants of North Africa who have lived in the Maghreb since before the arrival of Islam in the seventh century.

March 16, 2017

For its first weekend trip, the IES Rabat program went to Merzouga. Merzouga is frequented by tourists because of its proximity to the Chebbi Sand Sea. But Merzouga is also a small residential town close to the Algerian border known for its Gnawa population.

February 24, 2017

For the first 11 days of the program, the whole group went to Meknes, a city about two hours inland from Rabat, for an off-site orientation.

February 5, 2017

The second I stepped off the train in Rabat, I knew what I wanted: a McDonald's cheeseburger. I know, I know. I'm in Morocco! Why would I go to an American fast food chain for food? Why wouldn't I want an authentic Moroccan experience? But you know what?

January 1, 2017

There is always a very loaded anxiety before traveling. I’m spending a month traveling through Spain, Tunisia, and Morocco prior to starting the program. Upon talking about my travel plans with friends and family, I get a lot of questions like: “Where are you going?