By: Stephanie Boonstra, 2012 Heritage Fellow
On Friday, May 4th I arrived in Madaba, a small city in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, at 2:30am and completely exhausted. After the eight-hour flight from Toronto to Frankfurt, the seven-hour layover in the large German airport, and the four-hour flight from Frankfurt to Amman (complete with screaming toddlers), I was more than ready to pass out on my bed. However, I decided to send my parents a quick email to let them know I arrived safe and sound. When I opened my email I was shocked to see an email from “ASOR Fellowship” with “Dear Stephanie, I am pleased to inform you that…” in the subject heading. A full twenty minutes later (the internet was not the fastest) the email loaded and I was able to read that I received the Heritage Fellowship! The relief and excitement that I experienced in that moment still brings a smile to my face.