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EDUCATION:     Western  Michigan  University,  Honors  College     Graduated:  May  2013   Majors  Cum  Laude:  Political  Science  |  Arabic  Language     Minors  Cum  Laude:  Non-­‐Profit  Leadership  |  Global  &  International  Studies       Excellence  in  Arabic  Award  Recipient   Apr.  2013       WRITING,  EDITING  and  RESEARCH  EXPERIENCE   Published  article  in  Vice  Magazine  online,  Jackson,  MI   Mar.  2014   o Photo-­‐documented  painters  in  Yemen,  conducted  interviews  and  successfully  pitched  article   Yemen  Polling  Center  Fellow,  Sanaa,  Yemen                                                                                               Jun.    –  Sept.  2013   o Authored  newsletters  and  press  releases,  edited  English  in  reports  and  contributed  research   Journalist  for  Western  Michigan  University  Herald,  Kalamazoo,  MI                                             Jan.  –  May  2013   o Reported  weekly  international  news  and  related  photography  for  student  body  of  24,000     o Received  Networking  Award  for  work  ethic,  thorough  coverage  and  for  procuring  contacts   Honors  Thesis  for  Lee  Honors  College,  Kalamazoo,  MI   Aug.  2012  –  May  2013   o Researched,  composed  and  defended  40-­‐page  scholarly  paper  in  APA  format     o Published  in  Boston  College  Middle  East  and  Islamic  Undergraduate  Journal  in  Chicago  format   Lebanese  Transparency  Association  Intern,  Beirut,  Lebanon   Jan.  –  Mar.  2012   o Proofread  official  documents  for  publication,  wrote  newsletters  and  gathered  online  research   Lebanese  society  Travel  Blog,  Beirut,  Lebanon   Feb.  2011  –  Sept.  2012   o Recorded  events  and  issues  with  writing  and  photography  and  developed  creative  writing  skill   o Gained  experience  with  Photoshop  CS5  and  blogging  platforms  such  as  Wordpress   CELCIS  Language  Mentor,  Kalamazoo,  MI     Sept.  –  Dec.  2010   o Volunteered  to  tutor  international  students  toward  English  fluency  and  arranged  excursions       TEFL  English  Teaching  Certification,  Alexandria,  Egypt                                                                                   Jun.  –  Jul.  2010   o Studied  English  grammar,  created  lesson  plans  and  taught  to  various  competency  levels/ages     ORGANIZATION  EXPERIENCE     Fundraisers  and  Presentations  for  Syrian  Refugees,  Kalamazoo,  MI   Dec.  2012  –  Apr.  2013   o Coordinated  and  publicized  benefit  dinners  with  non-­‐profit  partners  and  orated  presentations   President  and  Founder  of  The  Arabic  Language  Club,  Kalamazoo,  MI                   Aug.  2010  –  Apr.  2013   o Drafted  the  organization  constitution,  led  meetings  and  managed  progress  of  club  initiatives   Resident  Assistant,  Department  of  Residence  Life,  Kalamazoo,  MI   Aug.  2010  –  May  2011   o Planned,  budgeted,  and  conducted  programming  events  as  part  of  a  cross-­‐functional  team   Global  Studies  2000  Course  Teaching  Assistant,  Kalamazoo,  MI   Jan.  2010  –  Apr.  2010   o Graded  written  exams  and  quizzes  and  led  college  study  groups     FURTHER  INTERCULTURAL  EXPERIENCE     Gulf  Exchange  Program,  United  Arab  Emirates/Qatar     May  –  Jun.  2012   o Participated  in  30  Q&A  interviews  with  regional  leaders  about  international/domestic  affairs     SINARC  Intensive  Arabic  Program,  Beirut,  Lebanon     Sept.  –  Dec.  2011   o First  WMU  student  to  study  accelerated  Arabic,  literature  and  politics  in  Lebanon   Arabic  Language  and  Culture  Study  Abroad,  Alexandria,  Egypt                                                                                May  –  Jun.  2010   o Learned  Arabic  language  and  passed  culture  and  history  courses  through  WMU  

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