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.

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