Upon settling into my apartment in Amman, I pasted a somewhat crumpled ﬂashcard in the upper-right corner of my bedroom mirror. In my messy, child-like Arabic script, the card reads “كل تأخيره فيها خيره” “, or “every delay has its beneﬁt,” a traditional Jordanian phrase used to encourage patience. I have taken these wise words to heart since arriving in Jordan as I eagerly await the delayed start of my Fulbright-mtvU project. For the next three months, I will be studying Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute with the support of a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA). The CLEA program, which is funded by the National Language Security Initiative, is a supplemental scholarship available to US Fulbright Scholars. Come December, I will be researching the use of music education and community music therapy as a means for promoting psychosocial health among child refugees. Primarily, my work will focus on establishing music outreach programs for displaced youth through a collaboration with students from the Jordanian National Music Conservatory.
While I am excited for winter to arrive and for my project to begin, I am grateful for the opportunity to further my language skills. It is, after all, the beneﬁt of my scheduled delay. See you in December!