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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

I welcome comments, discussion and even respectful debating. I will however keep discussions to a respectable level. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this forum.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Changes in the plan

I have made the difficult decision to not continue with my Middle Eastern Studies minor. I have a couple of reasons for it.

1). money. I do not want more student loans. This is a biggie.

2). Arabic is not something I want to continue formally. I am being diplomatic here! I love the language but the best most efficiant way for me to learn this is to live in an arabic speaking country for an extended period. My life right now is also not condusive to hours and hours of arabic drills.

This decision is not final but in my mind it is. I did not attempt my arabic homework that is due today! I will meet with a trusted professor today to hear her out. I will keep my few readers posted.

Oh- do not see this as an end to my success. I see this as going in a different direction. I am at peace with it and have learned not to beat myself up over it (if this is in fact the decision I will make). Anyhow, I am and always have been interested in Western female converts to Islam and identity. Arabic not required.

Salaam to all!

On a side note: if I blow off ME Studies, I will be graduating in the spring of 2010. Yippie


Chiara said...

Blow them off! Graduate! Do them later and elsewhere if necessary!

Anonymous said...

Do whatever you feel at peace with. :) xxxxx

Anthrogeek10 said...

Thats what I did! LOL
I am also taking an graduate level class in the spring (Anthropology of Tourism). It will help me to get into grad school but it is 3X's an undergrad class.

This arabic stuff sucks.