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Helen Jiang

Helen Jiang is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Indonesian program in Malang, Indonesia. She currently works for Independent Diplomat, a non-profit organization in international relations, and is a Children’s Literacy Tutor with AmeriCorps’ Reading Partners. Next year she will begin teaching university-level English through Peace Corps in China. She received her B.A. in international affairs with a conce...


Anesce Dremen

Anesce Dremen is an alumna of both the 2015 and 2016 CLS Chinese programs in Xi’an and Suzhou, China, respectively. She is currently a senior at Carthage College majoring in Chinese and English literature with a creative writing concentration. Raised in a little town in North Carolina, Anesce took off to the frozen winter wonderland of Wisconsin to attend Carthage College. When not cuddling with a...


Lon Gibson

Lon Gibson is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is currently a Ph.D. student in international conflict management at Kennesaw State University. Lon was born and raised in Macon, Georgia with four brothers and two sisters; he is an uncle to 10 nieces and nephews. After he completed his Master of Public Administration, Lon taught English in Saatli, Azerbaijan wit...


Michael Mauer

Michael Mauer is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Japanese program in Hikone, Japan. He is currently a junior at Cornell University majoring in computer science and Asian studies. Michael has been fencing since he was in middle school and is currently a member of Cornell’s fencing team, as well as a writer for the Cornell’s student-run newspaper (the Cornell Daily Sun) and the university’s study abroad ...


Marlena McDaniel

Marlena McDaniel is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Korean program in Gwangju, South Korea. She is currently a senior at the University of North Alabama majoring in Hospitality Management and International Studies.  Marlena hopes to return to South Korea next year for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. When she is not studying Korean, Marlena likes to paint, crochet, sew, and otherwise spend ...


Paige Giarmona

Paige Giarmona is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Bangla program in Kolkata, India. She is currently a sophomore at Northern Virginia Community College earning her Associate’s Degree in liberal arts. After graduating, she plans to pursue a degree in political science with a focus on international relations and international development. Paige has spent most of her time in Northern Virginia but has also ...


Sonia Kim

Sonia Kim is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Korean program in Gwangju, South Korea. A former K-12 educator, she is currently an instructional designer at Udemy, an educational technology startup. She received her B.A. in English from Brown University and her Ed.M. in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Sonia enjoys photography, film, Asian-American fic...


Andy Marshall

Andy Marshall is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Swahili program in Arusha, Tanzania. He is currently a second-year Ph.D. student at Georgetown University in the government (political science) program with a comparative government concentration. Andy grew up in Phillips, in the wonderful Northwoods of Wisconsin. He enjoys running, participating in his faith tradition’s activities, cooking, travelling, ...


Abena Amoakuh

Abena Amoakuh is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Chinese program in Dalian, China. She is a recent graduate of Boston University and will begin working toward a Master of Public Health at The George Washington University in fall of 2017, specializing in global health epidemiology. The oldest of three siblings, Abena is a first generation American and grew up in a Ghanaian household in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Morgan Burdick

Morgan Burdick is an alumna of the 2014 Urdu and 2016 Punjabi CLS Programs in Lucknow and Chandigarh, India, respectively. She is currently a student at Seattle University and works as a social worker with immigrant survivors of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. After graduating this spring, she will begin a master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington. Wh...