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Jauhara Ferguson

Jauhara Fer­gu­son is an alum­na of the 2015 CLS Ara­bic pro­gram in Ibri, Oman. She is from Atlanta, Geor­gia, but is cur­rent­ly study­ing abroad in Chi­na; she is a third-year Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies major and Reli­gious Stud­ies minor at Spel­man Col­lege. When she isn’t work­ing on becom­ing trilin­gual, she loves trav­el­ing, rid­ing hors­es, lis­ten­ing to music, bak­ing, read­ing, and meet­ing peo­ple, as well as singing and danc­ing (so long as no one is watching).

Why Ara­bic?

By the time I applied to CLS, I had been study­ing Ara­bic infor­mal­ly for most of my life. I want­ed to build on what I already knew and begin to for­mal­ly solid­i­fy my knowl­edge of the lan­guage. After grad­u­a­tion, I intend to pur­sue a PhD in either Islam­ic Stud­ies or Inter­na­tion­al Pol­i­cy, so I plan to con­tin­ue to use Ara­bic both per­son­al­ly through reli­gious study and pro­fes­sion­al­ly through com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­la­tion in the field of Inter­na­tion­al Policy.

In a word…

My favorite Ara­bic phrase is:

الوقت كالسيف إن لم تقطعه قطعك 

Time is as a sword: if you don’t cut it off, it will cut you off.”

Omani pride

I tru­ly appre­ci­at­ed being in a place that was com­plete­ly new to me. Oman’s raw beau­ty may not be that notice­able at first glance, but after spend­ing time with the peo­ple, trav­el­ing the country’s var­i­ous land­scapes, and tru­ly div­ing into the cul­ture, I real­ized just how spe­cial Oman — and Ibri — tru­ly is. Its peo­ple pride them­selves on their rich his­to­ry, inde­pen­dent spir­it, and nation­al sta­bil­i­ty. Omani peo­ple are tru­ly proud to be Omani.

If you had one day in Oman…

Watch the sun­rise or sun­set in the Omani desert. One mem­o­ry that will always stay with me is camp­ing out in the desert under­neath a sky full of stars along with sev­er­al oth­er CLS stu­dents. I slept in lit­er­al­ly the soft­est sand I have ever felt, and my class­mates and I watched shoot­ing stars pass by as we dis­cussed our hopes and dreams in Ara­bic. It was one of the best and most mem­o­rable expe­ri­ences of my life!

Friend­ship and fluency

The CLS pro­gram pro­vid­ed me with 27 new life-long friends. Our cohort was absolute­ly phe­nom­e­nal. I still speak with mem­bers of my cohort, my teach­ers, and our pro­gram direc­tors today. CLS also pro­vid­ed me with the knowl­edge of where I am cur­rent­ly with my Ara­bic speak­ing abil­i­ty by requir­ing us to take the Oral Pro­fi­cien­cy Inter­view (OPI) test. I now know that I offi­cial­ly have the capac­i­ty to speak Ara­bic at an Inter­me­di­ate-High lev­el. Know­ing where I am at is tru­ly grat­i­fy­ing, and help­ful in the aca­d­e­m­ic world.

Words of wisdom

Please apply! It will be one of the best deci­sions you’ve ever made. Don’t be dis­cour­aged by the inten­si­ty of the pro­gram or the new envi­ron­ment. You can do it!


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Jauhara Ferguson
Jauhara Ferguson
Arabic 2015
Ibri, Oman

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Posted Date

May 03, 2016