Heleana Melendez is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Russian program in Vladimir, Russia. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and is currently in her third year at UCLA, where she studies psychology in addition to Russian language and literature. She is a first-generation American (her parents are from El Salvador); she is also the first of her family to travel to the Eastern hemisphere. When she’s no...
John Alexander (Alex) Miller is an alumnus of the 2015 CLS Indonesian program in Malang, Indonesia. He grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, and currently lives in Utah where he works as an Advanced Supervisor at Vail Resorts Retail. He has both studied and taught Indonesian at Brigham Young University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and he has interned with the U.S. Department of State in...
Qimmah Najeeullah is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Arabic program in Madaba, Jordan. She grew up in Maryland in a multi-ethnic Muslim home, so global citizenship has always been a basic value of her life. She is currently the Program Manager / SEVIS Coordinator in the Division of International Affairs at Morgan State University. When she is not traveling the world (she has been to 26 countries), she i...
Kathryn (Kat) Robison is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Turkish program in Ankara, Turkey. She is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama. (Her college basketball team loyalty is split between UNC and her alma mater, the University of Arizona.) When she’s not insanely busy with her...