Sunday, April 22, 2012

Germany vs. Ghana

I started researching scholarships since I really wanted to go abroad & scholarships would be the only way to go for me since otherwise they are super expensive. I applied for the YES Abroad & CBYX scholarship and I have received both! I have never been the person who gets everything they try for so this is a new turn for me! It is also a turns out to leave me with a very difficult decision that I have to make before Monday the 23rd. Germany is extremely beautiful and I have always wanted to learn German while Ghana is an adventure which I can't even imagine. Another BIG factor for me is money. Yes they are both "full scholarships" but YES Abroad is fuller if you know what I mean... Also, the YES program is built around understanding countries with significant muslim populations to help bridge the gap between America and the Muslim world society which is very much what I want to help do. I am extremely interested in the Muslim religion I have read many books on Islam and hope to learn Arabic some day in the future. My main reservation about Ghana is that they speak English and the school is in English which is a huge disappointment for me since I really wanted to learn a language but I am hoping that even though I won't be learning a language, I will be learning a ton about a way of life completely different from my own. I know this year will be a challenge but I believe I am up for it and know that in Ghana I will have an awesome group of friends (the other YESers) :)

So the verdict is Ghana, hence my blog title I'm Ghana Go For It. I came up with that cheesy title when I said what the heck? I'm going to go for it (referring to Ghana) and realized that would be a perfect blog name.

I have spent my vacation making this excruciatingly hard decision and obsessively researching the country I will be living in for 10 months. It seems so full of life :)

Here are some pictures I stole offline of Ghana. I have been overloading on Ghana everything: Reading past YES blogs, stalking their Ghana photos on Fb, watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, you know the whole nine yards.
The dirt there is reddish like in Virginia!

So I have heard that there are not washing machines in Ghana other than us humans (hand-washing ftw) and that showers consist of a bucket of water. Man, this will be an adventure. :)

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