Instanoodle Posted April 29, 2014 Share Posted April 29, 2014 I’ll be starting the MTS program at HDS in the fall with a focus on Islam. Although I have no Arabic under my belt just yet, I got into two very different summer intensive programs, and need some advice. One option is the program at a state school near my home, which ends well before I have to schlep my life to Massachusetts. The second is at Qasid in Jordan, which would be great as a life experience in the Middle East (I’ve never been), but it ends the same day I’m supposed to be in Boston for orientation – which my mental capacity is having a hard time grasping, and it means I don’t really have a chance to say goodbye to my life here between quitting my time-consuming job, getting to Jordan, then heading straight to Boston. I think I can make it work, but it sounds like I'll finish Qasid finals and jump right into the HDS course load. Also, I definitely want to study out-of-country next summer. It may be immature, but I was looking forward to being here this summer, spending some quality time with my sig. other, going on a few trips, and spending part of August catching up on the latest and greatest research in my area. However, I’m viewing the next two years as preparing me for PhD program applications and rigor, into which trips to the beach don't really tally. The questions: any advice on which program? Does Qasid as an immersion program give me an advantage in PhD apps? Or do I benefit equally from some R&R/studying/brushing up on French and German at home after the state-run program? While I realize this is more of an internal debate, I’d appreciate some advice from those ahead of me on this path. Thanks in advance and sorry for the run-ons. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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