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After completing the Arabic Summer Institute and talking with current students, Ali decided to join the Arabic Flagship Program. Ali is a Neurobiology and Physiology (PHNB) major with an Arabic studies minor. He learned the basics of Arabic at home and after reaching Superior proficiency with Flagship hopes to achieve a medical degree, which he will use along with his Arabic skills as a tool in the doctor's office. Ali is passionate about the experiences attached to the Arabic Flagship Program, and discovered his talent for doodling was well-suited for Calligraphy! Outside of interest in languages and sciences, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends.


Anat is a Banneker-Key scholar whose academic interests include international science projects, women in NGOs, and the role of translation in media reporting. She hopes to use her Arabic skills to bridge communication and cultural gaps between residents in the Middle East and the NGOs that aim to serve them. When she's not in class, Anat likes to work out and reread her favorite childhood books.


Ashley came to study Arabic through her passion for history. She currently works as a tour guide in museums and historic sites like Ford's Theatre and President Lincoln's cottage. She hopes to eventually use her Arabic skills to write, research, or work in education. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys traveling, watching films, reading, and writing. She is also the recipient of the Maryland Transfer Scholarship.


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Chase began studying Arabic through the STARTALK program. He is interested in languages, especially the challenging ones. While some shy away from a challenge, Chase wants to overcome it leading him to majoring in Arabic and minoring in History. After a teacher recommended him for the program, Chase joined the Arabic Flagship Program. He is the Business Development Intern at  FEDDATA. Beyond academics, Chase enjoys contact sports, reading, movies, and hanging out with his friends.



Daniella started learning Arabic at the Summer Institute in Summer 2015. After an
intensive summer, she decided to transfer from Pace University, NYC to UMD because of
the unique opportunities that the Flagship program offers. She aspires to obtain a double
degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Arabic, with minors in Spanish and Global
Terrorism and a Latin American Studies Certificate. Daniella is the recipient of the
President’s Transfer Scholarship and is a National and Homeland Security Federal Fellow.
After completing her Capstone year in Morocco, she hopes to work in the government in
terrorism and counterterrorism, anti-human and drug trafficking and/or with Latin
American and Middle Eastern refugees.


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Devon began studying Arabic after mastering another notoriously difficult language- American Sign Language. He jumped in by studying in an immersion school in Tetouan, Morocco for 14 months, studying both Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan dialect. He has used his language skills in internships to research Arabic-English translation and linguistics and provide real time interpretation. Devon hopes to eventually earn his Ph.D. in Arabic and Persian Studies and go into a career as an interpreter to help improve international relations and diplomacy.


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Elissa is a Freshman majoring in Government and Politics with an International Relations concentration. She is interested in conflict resolution and wealth inequality in the Middle East. She decided to study Arabic because of her passion for the history and diverse cultures of the MENA region. She hopes to pursue a career in the region someday. In her free time, she enjoys reading classical literature and exercising.


Jacqueline first studied Arabic with STARTALK in high school, and she has been hooked ever since! She hopes to use her interests in Middle Eastern art, culture, and history to build a career in diplomacy and conflict resolution. Jacqueline also studied Italian intensively in high school, studied abroad in Italy, and created the first chapter of the National Italian Honor Society. 


Molly is a Freshman majoring in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations. She learned about our program during a visit while completing the Arabic STARTALK program. Politics in the Middle East are some of Molly's interests that led to her studying Arabic. She is a UMD Dean's scholarship recipient. Molly hopes to work for the government or a research institution in the realm of Middle East studies or diplomacy.


Matthew was drawn to Arabic because of his love of studying languages and his interest in the Middle East’s many different cultures. He joins our Flagship program after a summer study abroad in Morocco. Matthew is also an athlete and an avid sports fan; he is a member of the triathlon club at UMD and a former soccer player. In his future career, he hopes to become a diplomat and improve relations between the Arab world and the West. 


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Nicholas is a UMD Presidential Scholar who is also interested in writing, philosophy, film, and history. He was drawn to Arabic because of its cultural, historic, and religious roots. He hopes to one day work in education with his Arabic skills. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading and writing.


Olivia loves to learn new languages and learn about different cultures around the world. She chose to learn Arabic because she knew nothing about the language or the culture. After taking her first Arabic class she knew she wanted to continue learning Arabic. Her future career goals are to teach Arabic in high schools and community colleges. She wants to be able to offer students the same opportunities to learn a new language, and to learn about another culture that some may not have ever heard of. Olivia is the recipient of the President’s Transfer Scholarship and her academic interests include Second Language Acquisition, and she will pursue a Master’s degree in that field.


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Olivia is a Banneker-Key scholar interested in international relations and policy, including immigration issues, sustainable development, and global education policy. Before her freshman year, she traveled to Morocco for six weeks and fell in love with the language and culture. She hopes to use her Arabic skills in a nonprofit career, assisting refugees and immigrants from the Arab world. When she’s not studying Arabic, she loves to sing and dance with UMD’s world language acapella group, Ethnobeat.  


An interest in learning languages and her family heritage brought Talia to studying Arabic and minoring in History. She participated in the Arabic Summer Institute and then joined the Flagship Program. Talia is passionate about talking with people and has made it her goal to do so in their native language. History, especially U.S., and languages are of great interest to Talia, but outside of school she enjoys reading and eating.


Winona started learning Arabic in high school. It is her fourth language, alongside Spanish and Indonesian. She is a recipient of several UMD scholarships, including the Bright Futures Scholarship, and is interning with the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. She hopes to use her Arabic in a career in international development or immigration and refugees. Her hobbies include traveling and playing and teaching the piano. 

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