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WUJS Student Profile- Amanda Gurin

We're almost 2 weeks into the Spring 2011 machzor. We will now be featuring profiles of the new participants throughout the semester! Keep checking to see what they're up to!

Name: Amanda Gurin, 22
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
WUJS Track: Peace and Social Justice, Jerusalem
College: University of Rochester
Major: Public Health

Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?
I have always wanted to live in Israel for an extended period of time, I love feeling like a resident of a place rather than a tourist. I had been to Israel 3 times before and just couldn't get enough, so I decided, after being stuck in a job that I really disliked, and before I start graduate school that I would take the opportunity to live in one of my favorite places in the world.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I will be interning for a professor in the Department of Health Inequalities and Minority Health at the Braun School of Public Health of Hebrew University. I will be helping with some of the professor's research.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to developing a true routine and a life here in Jerusalem and of seeing parts of Jerusalem that I have missed in the past. I am also looking forward to catching up with my Israeli friends that I haven't seen in a while.

What are you nervous about?
The atmosphere in Israel, and Jerusalem, in particular, can sometimes be very tense so I am slightly nervous about that, and obviously when something such as a bus bomb strikes so close to home it can be nerve racking, but it is unfortunately part of Israelis' reality. I just hope that nothing like this happens again.

Where else have you traveled in the world?
I have traveled to some of Europe, including England, Ireland, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden and Holland, but I have definitely traveled to and around Israel the most.

What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
Hummus, falafel and schwarma, of course!

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