On behalf of the Arabic Program at MSU, we would like to congratulate Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College, and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, one being one of the two MSU recipients' of the prestigious Mitchell Scholarship. Born who grew up in Mozambique commented on her interest in Arabic and her experience at MSU. She stated: "The influence of the Arab world is still so strong in Mozambique, where I grew up. I was inspired to learn the language because it was objectively beautiful, because it connected me to a deeper history within my home country, and because I wanted very much to explore North Africa in my career. In addition, Arabic has given me a completely different perspective on my existence. That may sound dramatic, but the language lends itself to a perspective of constant gratitude. I find myself slipping in an 'alhamdulillah' to express my good fortune at eating well or seeing the sunshine. When I was most nervous about the results of my final Mitchell interview, I whispered 'inshallah' to my mother because it captured all of my nervous optimism, my total lack of control, and the knowledge that things will work out in the end either way. When I got the good news, my friends inundated me with wishes for 'elf elf mabruuk!'--they heaped upon my shoulders a thousand thousand blessings and happy wishes. Studying Arabic has connected me to a greater appreciation for the small things, an ease in expressing my love and support for those around me, and a profound gratitude for the many ways in which I have been impossibly fortunate."
Born will be receiving a Master's degree in International Development, Environment, and Conflict. She hopes to return to the African continent and work in the predominantly overpopulated and undeserved refugee camps.
She commented: "As the world's countries move farther towards exclusion and insulation, it's critical that we ensure that life on the ground is as conducive to health, happiness, and growth as it can possibly be after conflict and trauma."
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT IN TESOL: Jennifer Brooke and Laura Eickhoff
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT IN GERMAN: Carly Lesoski
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT IN LINGUISTICS: Ai Taniguchi and Adam Liter
OUTSTANDING TEACHING ASSISTANT IN LINGUISTICS AND GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES: Ai Taniguchi
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN ARABIC: Brady Ryan
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN CHINESE: Joseph Saum
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN GERMAN: Sarah Scarbrough
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN JAPANESE: Tiara Harris
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN LINGUISTICS: Valarie Dietrich
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN RUSSIAN: Megan Burnham
SERVICE AND OUTREACH AWARDEES: Sarah Scarbrough and Elaine Chu
INDUCTEES INTO THE JAPANESE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
INDUCTEES INTO DOBRO SLOVO, THE SLAVIC NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Emilee Morse Mikayla DeMers
Gregory Pilchak Julia Christensen
INDUCTEES INTO DELTA PHI ALPHA, THE GERMAN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Steven Schaller Sarah Brown
Sarah Scarbrough Lauren Hines
Fabiana Adgate Yiching Chen
Michelle Rozwadowski Edvard Tingstad
Abigail Schmid Amanda Miller