After taking Spanish and Latin in high school, Tess fell in love with studying other languages. She chose to study Arabic because it struck her as a beautiful language with a rich culture and she believes that the key to exploring another way of life is to learn the language first. She hopes to use this knowledge in the future working with the State Department. Tess’s academic interested include Languages, English and writing, and International Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, singing off-key, drinking tea, and playing volleyball.