CAS '20

Aaron Chen

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SA: American University of Beirut

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Ask me about...

  • Concerns about safety

  • Culture shock

  • Languages used in the country

  • Politics of the country

  • Organization of the university

My Experience Abroad:

Throughout my college experience, I have been interested in the complex and nuanced relationship between religion and politics. Going to Lebanon let me see the many ways in which religious and political identities often conflate, overlap, and even contradict through meeting all different kinds of people and learning their stories. My most valuable takeaway from my time abroad was learning empathy towards those with very different backgrounds from my own.

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling with the varsity frisbee team to a tournament in Dubai

  • Teaching English classes to Syrian refugees

  • Hiking to a monastery in the Qadisha Valley

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