Shoshana Kranish ’17 is an international relations major from Massachusetts. She spent the Spring 2015 semester in Tel Aviv, Israel as an international student at Tel Aviv University – an SU Abroad World Partner program. The TAU program is one of our most popular world partner programs, so if you’re interested in spending a semester in Israel, you might find Shoshana’s experience helpful:
1. What was your most memorable experience abroad?
The most memorable part of my time abroad were the holidays – in the spring there’s a whole bunch. There’s one holiday, called Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance), that commemorates soldiers who have died in Israel’s wars. I participated in a ceremony with a dozen other students, and it was an incredibly powerful way to connect with the community and give back. This holiday transitions right into Yom HaAtma’ut (Independence Day), making it a huge time for celebration. That transition doesn’t exist in the U.S. and it’s truly incredible to see the country go from somber to joyous in a short period of time.
2. What did you think of the courses you took at TAU?
I loved all the courses I took there. I had some truly remarkable professors who, in addition to teaching, were world-renowned scholars, researchers, and government consultants. I’m an international relations major concentrating in the Middle East and North Africa, so every class I took was really catered to my interests.
3. What was your favorite part of the city?
My favorite part of Tel Aviv are the beaches – there’s close to a dozen. I grew up on the beach in Massachusetts, and I really miss the ocean when I’m in Syracuse. Having a beach only a few miles from my dorm was really something I tried not to take for granted, and I miss it everyday!
4. What advice would you give to students who are preparing to study abroad?
Learn the language – or at least try! It makes life so much easier, it’s a great way to meet locals, and it’ll make them appreciate you so much more. Even more than that, who wouldn’t want to be able to say they can speak a bunch of languages (even if you can only read a menu)? You never know when a second or third language will come in handy in the future.
To read more about Shoshana’s experience in Israel, check out her blog!