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Sarah Robinson '18

Sarah Robinson

 I have taken four semesters of Hindi-Urdu in my Vanderbilt career, and the language skills I have acquired have assisted me with translations for my senior honors thesis, The Music of Omar Waqar: An Ethnomusicological Study and Analysis of Anarcho-Sufism in America, for which I was awarded highest honors. I will also be traveling to Lucknow, India in June to study Urdu through the Critical Language Scholarship program, and I will be returning to Lucknow in January of 2019 as a language fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies.

 Shawn Kerry '18

As a student in the South Asian Languages and Cultures minor track of the Asian Studies department, I have been able to take advantage of Vanderbilt’s resources to further my interests in international affairs.  Dr. McCarter’s Hindi/Urdu class prepared me well last year to take part in a summer-long intensive Hindi program in India through the American Institute of Indian Studies, which gave me indispensable experience living in a radically different environment.  Moreover, my language experience and coursework focusing on South Asia have ultimately helped me pinpoint my career interests in the field of international development.  Next year, I will pursue an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge as my first step towards a career in development with a regional focus on South Asia.  I could not have gotten to this point without the resources and guidance of the Asian Studies department, and I am grateful for all of their help along the way.

Shelby House '17

In the spring of 2017, I studied Urdu at AIIS-Lucknow with funding from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Critical Need Language Award. After graduation, I spent the fall in Lahore, Pakistan, as part of a fully-funded, intensive Urdu language program, jointly administered by the University of California-Berkeley and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Since returning to the States, I have been working as a research and writing assistant for Deepa Iyer, a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer, whose work focuses on discrimination facing Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities in the United States. This summer, I will be working as an Urdu teaching assistant at the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2018, I'll be applying to graduate programs at SOAS, University of London, Columbia, and UChicago.