Danny Kaplan '10
Race and Ethnic Studies major Danny Kaplan ’10 studied in Amman, Jordan with the School for International Training (SIT).
I conducted an Independent Study Project (ISP) as part of my major. I
basically wrote a thesis using field research on a topic of my choice.
My ISP addressed globalization in Jordan via Starbucks and its
significance regarding Arab coffee culture.
Ramadan was a challenging month. The country functioned about half as well bureaucratically, because everyone was hungry and thirsty. But it was a really cool month as well. Everything was really active at night, and lots of lights were up like at Christmas.
I had some anxiety over my Jewish identity. I wasn't sure how people
would regard Jews in Jordan. Generally, I didn't tell people about my
religious identity, but those who I did tell were perfectly fine with
it. I ended up finding how to be comfortable being Jewish in the end.
Talk and interact with Jordanians as much as possible. If you know Arabic, speak it as much as you can. The Jordanian friends I made were the most worthwhile part of my study abroad experience.