LAH/IRG & Middle Eastern Studies
My junior year began after a summer of studying Arabic in Ibri, Oman with the Critical Language Scholarship. This was an exciting and challenging opportunity, and I’m very thankful to the US State Department for making such an incredible experience possible. After returning to campus in the fall of 2019, I dove headfirst into my classes and extracurricular activities. As an International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies double major, I was able to take advantage of the University’s wide variety of academic opportunities such as upper-division Arabic courses and a class with the director of the LBJ Presidential Library. As part of this honors class experience, I was able to do independent research in the LBJ archives and produced a research paper on American policy in Yemen which was accepted for presentation at several academic conferences across the country.
I also took initiative on campus this year as the Chair of Campus Service for the Texas Blazers, a service organization on campus. Through this role, I was able to organize and take part in many events hosted by the University. I also served as an Undergraduate Fellow in the Clements Center for National Security, represented UT as a delegate at a national security conference at the United States Military Academy, and engaged in political-military research analysis through Innovations for Peace and Development, a local think tank. Finally, I spent the spring semester on the novice men’s crew team where I learned how to row and inevitably became a morning person.
During the summer of 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I was unable to take part in a State Department internship, but I am still pursuing my interests and passions online via Zoom classes and a part-time internship with Dr. Richard Weitz, a fellow at the Hudson Institute. As always, I would like to thank the Dedman family and Dedman Scholars community for all of their support. Without the generosity of the Dedmans, none of these experiences would have been possible, and I am extremely grateful for their constant support. Thank you and Hook ‘em!