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Garik Sadovy

Garik Sadovy is an alumnus of both the 2012 and 2015 CLS Indonesian programs in Malang, Indonesia. He is currently an incoming PhD candidate in oceanography and climate sciences at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego. When he’s not doing research, he likes to read, sing, dive, and write Indonesian poetry. He’s a Texas native, has spent many years in North Carolina, has lived in Polan...


Kiana Chan

Kiana Chan is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Chinese program in Beijing, China. She grew up in a suburb of San Francisco in a cohousing community where she knew all eighty of her neighbors; she is currently a junior at UCLA, where she studies geography and Chinese, works at the international center as an American Culture and Conversation Facilitator, and volunteers with the Asian Pacific Health Corps. ...


Gretta Herrin

Gretta Herrin (郝思嘉) is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Chinese program in Dalian, China. She grew up in rural New Hampshire but is currently working in Washington, D.C. as the Student Services and Communications Manager at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is no stranger to travel abroad: she first studied abroad in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and later lived in Shenzhen, China for three ye...


Liz Thomas

Elizabeth (Liz) Thomas is an alumna of both the 2013 and 2014 CLS Bangla programs in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a Foreign Service kid, and grew up in Sri Lanka, India, Morocco, and France before moving back to the United States for college; she has worked in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Atlanta, Georgia and Bethesda, Maryland. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she works ...


Alessia De Vitis

Alessia De Vitis is an alumna of the 2014 CLS Punjabi program in Chandigarh, India. She’s from a small town in Connecticut, but is currently living in Washington, D.C.; she’s a junior at American University, where she works as a Punjabi translator and studies international relations and law. When she isn’t studying and translating, she’s cooking and seizing every chance she gets to travel. ...


Andrea Howard

Andrea Howard is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is from Norcross, Georgia, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Science and Security as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College London. After she finishes her graduate studies, she will serve the United States Navy as a submariner. When she’s not studying or training, she enjoys singing, running, playin...


Laura Viera

Laura Viera Gonzalez is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Korean program in Gwangju, South Korea. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and Spanish is her first language. She recently graduated from Universidad del Este with a B.S. in Culinary Management; she loves cooking for people and traveling, and once spent an exchange semester in Finland where she volunteered at a vegan restaurant. Why Kor...


Hailey Dickson

Hailey Dickson is an alumna of the 2015 CLS Hindi program in Jaipur, India. She is an Arizona native and is currently in her second year at the University of Arizona, where she majors in biological anthropology and public health and minors in physiology and intercultural studies. She spends a good chunk of her time trying to explain to people what “bioanthropology” is, in addition to researching m...


Kirstin Johnson

Kirstin Johnson is an alumna of both the 2014 and 2015 CLS Korean programs in Wonju and Gwangju, respectively. She is a proud New Orleans native (who dat!) and is currently in her senior year at the University of New Orleans, where she studies film and television as well as political science. She has five siblings, was homeschooled until her sophomore year in high school, and enjoys almost every g...


Isaiah Weaver

Isaiah Weaver is an alumnus of the 2015 CLS Urdu program in Lucknow, India. He grew up in “Gorgeous Prince George’s” County, Maryland, and is currently in his third year at Morgan State University, where he studies electrical engineering. When he isn’t tinkering with software, he enjoys scuba diving and rock climbing. Why Urdu? I studied Hindi the summer before CLS, and I wanted ...