Andrew started studying Arabic in high school through the STARTALK program and went on to study abroad in Morocco with NSLI-Y. He is currently a double major at UMD interested in history and comparative politics. In the future, he hopes to do research on the MENA region and use his language skills in an internationally focused career.
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.
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.
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.
Lucy first started learning Arabic when she was just 8 years old through a language summer camp. She has been studying the language ever since, and hopes to eventually have a career in government or a humanitarian organization. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and is a recipient of the Qatar Foundation International Academic Excellence Award.
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.