7:00 my first alarm goes off and sometimes I wake up and start getting ready but usually not until like 7:20
7:35 Go downstairs with my back pack, sit down and eat breakfast in the salon. Usually by myself, sometimes my little brother or dad is awake. My mom sets out an ever changing variety of bread, (croissants, baguette, pancake-esque things, pastries) coffee with hot milk, and fried eggs.
7:55 I finish breakfast and meet my friend Camille at the end of my little road to walk to school together.
8:25 we get to the IES center after about a 1.8 mile walk where we recount the events and happenings and any awkward stories since yesterday afternoon.
8:30 to 9:50 Arabic class, with only two other students on my “independent abroad” level Arabic class. Usually have a 5-15 minute break half way through to drink some tea.
10-4… varies depending on the day. On mondays I have class at the university, so I walk with my friends to the tram stop and hurry quickly to get to class at 10:30, and we are immersed in art history in French until 12:30.
On some days I will return to my house after classes to eat lunch at home, but twice a week my host mom packs my lunch since I have class during the typical lunch hour. On the other days I’ll use my free afternoons to have some chill time or explore Rabat a little, like the museums or marketplace. On the days I go home for lunch, it is usually a big meal of salad, bread, and a meat or fish dish cooked in vegetables. Afterwards we will have fresh fruit.
6-8: twice a week I have my Islam (favorite) class (also in French). Otherwise I’ll be at my house likely playing with/avoiding my little siblings.
9-10:30 Dinner usually falls anytime between these hours, pretty inconsistent and often depending on the size and time of lunch. Also, if you know me at all, you probably know how much I eat and how quickly as well. Here I am the slowest eater and eat the least out of my parents- they always say “kulee, kulee” (eat, eat!) several times a meal to make sure I’m not wasting away.
11:00 I go up to my room and finish any homework I might have that I didn’t do during the day during my class breaks (also I rarely have homework) and then relish in being alone and go to sleep.
Weekends: on weekends that I didn’t travel anywhere with a group of friends or the IES program, I usually hang out with my family Friday afternoon and maybe do something with friends in the evening. Saturday morning I might run, but the best part is everyone sleeps in until 11:00 when my host dad goes and gets fresh donut-beignet-esque pastries that we dip in sugar. After that I will probably have something planned with friends, like a day trip or going to the beach to surf, and generally do nothing. On Sundays I normally accompany my family on a trip that is unbeknownst to be at the outset, I just follow along when they tell me it’s time to go. We might walk to the beach, sit on the pier, or drive with my grandparents to a park for a picnic, or sometimes walk to a random families house, probably somehow related to my host parents, and sit awkwardly in the salon or eat.
I have nearly zero homework for all of my classes except Arabic. For midterms we had open note tests that were short answer essay questions and gave us opportunity to focus more on the content and ideas of the class than on having perfect French grammer. I got an “A” on both of those but no further details, as in no numerical grade was given. For Arabic we have homework every night but usually it’s never turned in for a grade. We’ve had a few quizzes and midterm so I understand where the final grade for that class will come from; whereas the grades for my other classes will seem somewhat arbitrary. On the extreme end, for my university class, I have no idea how that class will be graded because we literally have nothing except attendance and participation as evidence of what we have learned in that class. And my program finishes several weeks before the finals at the university so I’m not sure at this point what/if the final will be like…Sometimes it’s frustrating because so few of us in my program have grades that actually transfer, most people are just pass/fail credit.