From September to November 2017, I studied abroad in Israel on AMHSI (Alexander Muss High School in Israel). This was one of, if not, the greatest experience of my entire life. I had become more mature and independent. I learned how to manage my time without my parents telling me what to do. I feel prepared for college and my future. My favorite memory of AMHSI was our last day. We sat in a circle in the middle of Jerusalem’s old city and shared our favorite memories. We all at one point or another started to cry from either laughter or sadness. This moment showed me how much we learned and what we were going to take away from this trip.
Before I left, I was a student at Glenbrook North High School. When I came back, I realized how much I loved having small classes, with a small Jewish community surrounding me at all times. When I came home and realized this, I decided I wanted to go check out Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. The second I walked through Rochelle Zell’s halls and I felt as though I was back in Israel at my school. I knew this school was the perfect fit for me and I had never realized it before. This is one of the ways that AMHSI changed my entire life for the better.
If you would like to learn about this program, please join an informational meeting October 10 at 7 pm in Northbrook. Attendees will meet the head of the school from Hod Hasharon and hear about Emily’s life changing experience. Reach out to Emily for more information and the session’s location.
AMHSI is a pluralistic, college-prep, international study abroad program for high school students where the land of Israel is a living classroom.
Emily Fridland is a Junior at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School and participated in AMHSI last year.