Lama Elsharif, from Dumfries, Va is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in the College of Humanities and Sciences. She is also pursuing two minors: Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies. After her May graduation, Elsharif studied Arabic at the advanced level in Madaba from June to August.
Elsharif has developed her skill in the Arabic language through study abroad, her VCU classes, and as a heritage speaker.
“What really drew me [to apply] was a friend of mine from study abroad who had done CLS. When she was accepted into the program, she was just a beginner in Arabic, but when I met her, her Arabic was impressive. I just knew that I wanted to be able to communicate in Arabic like her, and I knew CLS had a large role in her fluency in Arabic,” she said.
When her experience with CLS wraps up, Elsharif plans to attend graduate school at the University of London in the fall of 2016, where she will pursue a master’s degree in Human Rights or Dispute and Conflict Studies.