01 June 2012


Here's some advice we received during our pre-departure orientation:

  • Don't engage in risky behavior.
  • Start small, get the low hanging fruit, then work your way up.
  • Don't go to grad school if you can find your chosen career without it (whoops)
  • Go to grad school, it's fun!  (whoops whoops)
  • Stand out.
  • Be kind and charitable.
  • The quality of one idea is more important than multitasking.
  • You are not your job.
  • Don't be shy.
  • Localize your learning.
  • Bond with each other (US students) and keep a balance.
  • Practice your elevator pitch and re-write your resume in Arabic.
  • Make your plans for next summer now.
  • Know what you're doing and why you're doing it.
  • Eat all the food in Oman.
  • Live your life in Arabic!
  • Learn Arabic dialects.
  • Take an active role in your own learning.

Be quick to wonder,
slow to judge,
and keen to discover.

Omani Bedouin Advice

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