Andrew started studying Arabic in high school through the STARTALK program and went on to study abroad in Morocco with NSLI-Y. He is currently a double major at UMD interested in history and comparative politics. In the future, he hopes to do research on the MENA region and use his language skills in an internationally focused career.
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.
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.
Joshua is interested in learning Arabic history and politics alongside the Arabic language. His academic interests include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and education reform in the Middle East. When he’s not in class, Joshua enjoys playing basketball and getting involved in community service through CIVICUS, a UMD living-learning program.
Joshua loves to study languages and has found that Arabic is a beautiful language which gives him insight into an interesting and diverse culture. He hopes to combine his Arabic skills with his interest in history in a future career. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys writing and playing guitar. He is also the recipient of the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship.
Lucy first started learning Arabic when she was just 8 years old through a language summer camp. She has been studying the language ever since, and hopes to eventually have a career in government or a humanitarian organization. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and is a recipient of the Qatar Foundation International Academic Excellence Award.
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.
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.
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.
After studying both Hebrew and Spanish in middle school, Zachary decided to try Arabic because it was offered at his high school. After studying it in high school he knew he loved it and wanted to study it in college and make a career out of it. In addition to high school, he also studied in STARTALK at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has done an intensive summer program at University of Chicago. He hopes to use his language skills in a future government career.