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.



Caterina came to study Arabic because she wants to be a human rights lawyer and work with refugees, with a focus in the Middle East. She is also been fascinated by the music, literature, and food from Arabic speaking countries, and it excites her to be able to one day read my favorite poems in their original language or listen to artists with a real understanding of the culture their music comes from.


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. 


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Lily is a student in the Honors Humanities Program. She is majoring in Economics and minoring in Arabic and French. She is interested in foreign policy and environmental law in foreign countries, which sparked her interest in learning Arabic. Lily began studying Arabic in Fall 2018. She really enjoys working on calligraphy and expanding her vocabulary.



Margaret first studied Arabic with the STARTALK program in high school and went on, at the University of Maryland, to declare it as a major in addition to majoring in French Studies. The summer following her freshman year, she participated in the Arabic Summer Language Institute. Margaret hopes to use her combined French and Arabic language skills and interests in Middle Eastern culture, history, and politics in a government career.


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.


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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