Estee Ward is majoring in Middle Eastern studies/Arabic, and will take advanced courses in Arabic at the University of Jordan during spring and summer terms of 2009. Having previously lived in a predominantly Muslim country, Ward says she has a different perspective than the one painted by the media regarding the so-called "chasm" between the West and Islam. "Ultimately I hope to be in a position to bridge the misunderstanding between these two cultures. While my studies in Provo will provide the central framework for my depth of knowledge, my study abroad to Jordan will allow me to learn about the Middle East on a microcosmic, first-hand level," said Ward. "This study abroad experience is essential to my education, and I am grateful the NSEP award made it possible."