Bethany is a third-year Liberal Arts Honors student pursuing a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, a minor in Persian Studies, and a business certificate in Global Management. She grew up primarily in North Africa and the Middle East, attending school in French until the ninth grade. In addition to English and French, Bethany speaks Spanish and Arabic and is currently learning Farsi. She spent the last summer studying abroad in Prague, as well as spending five weeks volunteering with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Here at UT Bethany is involved in Innovations for Peace and Development, a research program with the mission to provide a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on conflict, governance, and poverty alleviation, both domestically and abroad. She hopes to pursue a career in the State Department or working with non-profits in North Africa and the Middle East.