Politics and Poetry

Siesa Shuman Start Date: Apr 10, 2018 - End Date: Jan 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Ifrane, Morocco
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Beirut, Lebanon

My Travel Story

by: Siesa Shuman Start Date: Apr 10, 2018 - End Date: Jan 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Study/Degree Abroad

Hey y'all, My name is Siesa Shuman. I am a third year student at Appalachian State University majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Arabic. I am close to graduating university with a 3.6 GPA and continuing on to pursue a career in International Relations. In order to receive my degree and further my academic and professional goals I am required to complete a semester studying abroad in a place of my choice. I am going to Al Akhawayn University located in Ifrane, Morocco.

Since I have been a child I have had two major passions, the Middle East and Poetry. As I have continued following these passions into an academic environment I have realized that there is a gap in communication between those belonging to Middle Eastern culture and those belonging to Western. My goal now is to find a way to bridge that gap so that both populations can find a way to overcome the rampant hostility present on the world stage. One way to do this is diplomacy, understanding one another through a political lense. The other is poetry, a universal language for expressing yourself.

To do this I plan on traveling to the Middle East and completing my Bachelors degree while also utilizing the contacts and resources provided to me by my educators. Seeking to understand Middle Eastern politics as they relate to American from the perspective of natives of the region. I also am working on a comparative poetry project so that people may understand one another on a personal level. By collecting the poetry of natives of The Middle East and the locals of my university town I hope to highlight the differences inherent in our cultures and also show that the basis of all humanity is the same.

My study abroad is financed through my tuition at Appalachian State University so I am not seeking to pay off the whole cost of receiving an education abroad. I am looking to offset the out of pocket costs of obtaining my visa, passport, immunizations, and travel expenses. I am very excited to partake in this opportunity and thankful for whatever help is provided. Thanks.
  • Ifrane, Morocco
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Beirut, Lebanon