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AUK Welcomes New Interns and Exchange Student from Dartmouth

23rd Sep 2019 | by the Office of Public Affairs

AUK welcomed the new academic year with two new interns from Dartmouth College—Katelyn Zeser and Maryam Iqbal, and an exchange student from Dartmouth—Delaney Marshall.

Katelyn Zeser joins the American University of Kuwait (AUK) as an intern for the International Relations Department, the Intensive English Program, and Learning Support Services. She is a second-year student at Dartmouth and is a double major in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies. At Dartmouth, she has a fellowship at the Center for Social Impact, is part of the Arabic Club, and also plays the cello.

She joins AUK after spending 10 weeks studying in Morocco as part of a study abroad program, and wrote her thesis on Moroccan rap and social reform. “When I was leaving Morocco, I cried on the plane because I was going to miss it so much, but now that I am in Kuwait I am able to take advantage of many interesting and beneficial things. I am so lucky to be part of the campus community where I have met a lot of amazing people whose friendliness has exceeded my greatest expectations,” added Zeser.

Maryam Iqbal joins AUK as an intern for the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Finance, and the Department of Economics. She is a junior at Dartmouth and is majoring in neuroscience. She is a self-taught pianist and henna artists, and recently spent three months in Argentina studying Spanish as part of a study abroad program. “Everyone here is so hospitable and friendly. I absolutely love AUK and the culture in Kuwait, I love how welcoming everyone is,” commented Iqbal.

Delaney Marshal joins AUK as an exchange student and is enrolled in Arabic, History, and International Relations classes, and is taking part in the Gulf Studies Certificate Program. She is a junior at Dartmouth and is a double major in government and Middle Eastern studies. At Dartmouth, she is very involved in her sorority Sigma Delta, which works to empower women at Dartmouth.

“A lot of people back home have many misconceptions about the Middle East. I am glad that I have gotten to experience the people and the culture firsthand,” stated Marshall.

(From left to right) Delaney Marshall, Katelyn Zeser, Maryam Iqbal

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