NOVA student Ruth Maul has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to study Arabic in Jordan this summer. Maul will live with a host family and attend language classes four hours a day, five days a week. She will spend afternoons in conversation with language tutors and attending cultural programs. She hopes that this immersion will help her obtain a level of fluency in Arabic that will match her fluency in English and Spanish. When she returns from Jordan, Maul plans to complete a liberal arts degree at NOVA and apply her language skills at community-based organizations that work with new immigrants and refugees.
Maul began studying Arabic on the Annandale Campus and is currently completing ARA 202 with Professor Khalil Al-Tahrawi on the Manassas Campus. Al-Tahrawi said, “Ruth will be very successful and she also will be a good ambassador for NOVA.”
Maul has completed her studies while working full-time and raising three children.