Communication Arts major Kristin Bollier, a junior from Indiana, spent three weeks in Israel and two weeks in Jordan earlier this summer studying Biblical geography through Gordon's Israel International Seminar. She shares some reflections on her transformative time in the Holy Land and the lessons she learned there.
"Picture mountains, streams, valleys, olive trees and grapevines. Try to imagine deserts and the fertile Jordan River bed. Close your eyes. . . Picture Jerusalem.
There are winding corners of the Old City weaving in and out of little shops owned by Muslims, Christians, and Jews. You see an old woman selling vegetables, sitting on the ground, calling to you. There is a young boy learning how to haggle. . . stepping into manhood as he learns the trade of his father and his father’s father. Take in vibrant colors, a cacophony of detail that fills your eyes up to the brim. This is the Middle East, where I spent five weeks studying this summer with Gordon students and our professor, Dr. Elaine Phillips.
. . . I was blind but now I see."