Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hey Everyone!

Here's a dorky pic of me eating beignets at Cafe du Monde.
My name is Milena and I am a fifteen-year old girl living in the (crazy) city of New Orleans with my family which consists of: my mom, my dad, my little brother, and my (very) little sister. All that is about to change in two days...

I have received a scholarship from the Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad Program which sends a select number of American high school students (YES Abroad scholars) to live and study for an academic year in countries with a significant Muslim population so that they may educate other Americans about their country's culture.

I am absolutely ecstatic about spending a whole school year in Morocco (with six other YES Abroad scholars)! I am looking forward to learning about Moroccan culture which has an interesting mixture of Spanish, French, and Berber influence (I also look forward to improving my French).

I have been spending the last few days doing activities I wouldn't be able to do where I'm headed. I spent this afternoon eating beignets at Cafe du Monde and frozen yogurt at Pinkberry's with my dad. Tonight, I am helping my mom pack my suitcases (we should have done that a loooong time ago) and if time permits I am going to watch an episode of BBC's Sherlock with my family (might not be available in Morocco).

This is my first blog so please be easy on me. I hope this will be informative and engaging to all you readers. If you have any questions please comment below. Later!

Here is a link to the YES program's official website:


  1. Milena!!! Keep us updated on Morocco! Promise. Right now. I can't wait to see pictures and hear about your experiences (and hopefully live vicariously through them). Good luck with the school year and safe travels if you aren't there already.

    1. I hereby solemnly swear that I will keep everyone updated on Morocco :). Hope you also have a great school year!

  2. Milena,

    Have a great time in Morocco! I know that, although at times difficult, this trip will be a wonderful experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. I can tell by your attitude that you are going to go into this adventure ready for whatever comes your way. Good luck and and be safe!

    Mr. Milling