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.
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.
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.