Studying at Tel Aviv University in the Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures Masters Program was one of the best experiences of my life. This program provided a tough, but highly educational and relaxed atmosphere. Personally, I enjoyed the access we had as students to the many archaeological sites and resources that Israel has to offer. We were able to see many archaeological sites with personal tours from our professors and even directors of the sites. The hands on experience we gained after classes were also some of the best times I had in Tel Aviv. From digging at Megiddo to a month long excavation at Tel Azekah, this past year provided so much excitement and knowledge. This program will challenge you and your perception of history and archaeology. I have come away from this year with brand new eyes and a better way to interpret history.
This program has also helped to secure my future plans. Now that I have completed my masters, I plan on continuing in a PhD program in the states. I hope to become a professor and spend my summers as a field director, hopefully in Israel. It is all thanks to this program that I have that opportunity.
The best part of this year, though, were the connections and friendships I have made. My class was one of the best groups of people I have met. We bonded quickly and were able to help each other along the way. This program brings people from all walks of life together and I am happy to say I have friends from Israel, Europe, America, and even China now. We have this past year as a great memory where we studied together, laughed together, and maybe even cried together. We not only went to class together, but we went on tours together, excavations together, and hung out together outside of class. This past year was a truly remarkable time that I will never forget.