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Halcyon Ruskin

Halcyon Ruskin is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition to Azerbaijani, Halcyon also speaks French and Russian. She recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in French and international policy studies. Halcyon now works as a research associate at a company that provides research services in 23 languages. She is excited ...


Adam Matvya

Adam Matvya is an alumnus of the 2017 CLS Punjabi program in Chandigarh, India. In 2018, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. He loves 19th Century Russian and American literature, as well as postcolonial and contemporary South Asian works. Adam will start a master’s degree program in Middle Eastern Studies this fall at University of Chicago. Ada...


Kyla Harrison

Kyla Harrison is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Arabic program in Ibri, Oman. She recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and Middle Eastern languages and cultures. She is involved with UT Austin’s outreach for the Plan II Honors Program and works as a language partner with the Arabic Flagship Program. Kyla plans to take a gap year after ...


Paula Zhang

Paula Zhang is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Korean program in Gwangju, South Korea. She recently graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is currently interning for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program at American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C. She is excited continue pursuing her passion for langua...


Kerry Burgott

Kerry Burgott is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Bangla program in Kolkata, India. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 with a Master of Public Policy and has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy having friends over for brunch and playing board games like Settlers of Catan. She also enj...


Sarah Whipple

Sarah Whipple is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Arabic program in Meknes, Morocco. She is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Dallas studying International Political Economy. Sarah is also an alumna of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Arabic program. On a day off, you can find her cooking, making espresso drinks, filming and editing videos, or going to a museum. Af...


Troy Spier

Troy E. Spier is an alumnus of the 2017 CLS Swahili program in Arusha, Tanzania. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in linguistics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Troy is also an Adjunct Instructor of English/ESL at Delgado Community College. His research focuses on language documentation and description within African contexts. After completing his dissertation, Troy will pursue a ...


Tristan Hilderbrand

Tristan Hilerbrand is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Japanese program in Hikone, Japan. She recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and minors in Asian Studies and Japanese. In addition to Japanese, Tristan also speaks Mandarin and Korean. She hopes to attend graduate school soon and aspires to use her language skills to work for the United ...


Aaron Yang

Aaron Yang is an alumnus of the 2017 CLS Chinese Program in Changchun, China. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, Aaron now works in the U.S. Senate as a Correspondence Aide in Washington, D.C. He is pursuing a career in public service focusing on the international relations between the United States and East Asia. In particular, he wants to...


Ariana Pemberton

Ariana Pemberton is an alumna of the 2017 CLS Hindi program in Jaipur, India. Ariana is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. In the Fall 2018 semester, she will be returning to UC Berkeley to begin her Ph.D. studies. After her doctoral program, Ariana plans to become a professor, or otherwise work closely with So...