Government and Politics



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.


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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.


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.


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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