Maria Folvarska is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Russian program in Vladimir, Russia. She is currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in history and mathematical computer science and minoring in French and Russian. She moved to the United States from Slovakia with her family when she was two years old and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. When Maria is not studying or work...
Sabrina Hassan is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Swahili program in Arusha, Tanzania. She is currently a junior at Boston University majoring in international relations and African studies. Sabrina was born in Zanzibar to a Croatian mother and a Zanzibari father, and moved to the United States when she was one year old. Since then she has lived in various parts of the U.S. including Alaska, New Jersey,...
Isabelle McRae is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Turkish program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is currently a junior at Portland State University majoring in international relations with a minor in Turkish. Isabelle grew up in a small town on a peninsula in Northwest Washington, where you know everyone in the grocery store. After spending her sophomore year of high school in Lisbon, Portugal, she spent as m...
Harrison Akins is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Urdu program in Lucknow, India. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Tennessee, focusing on international relations and public policy. In the future, he plans to continue writing about terrorism, minority discrimination, intra-state conflict, South Asia, and Islamic culture and politics. Harrison grew up in a small...