Leena Halabi

Leena Halabi

Leena Halabi

What was your involvement on campus?
I was a member of the International Affairs Council. The organization focuses on global and political affairs.  The group meets bi-weekly to discuss important current events. An annual conference is held each year with many featured speakers selected by members of the organization.  Some of these speakers helped me realize where a humanities degree could take me in the future. 

What was your favorite class?
My favorite class was World Literature (ENGH 362) with Dr. John Foster. Reading literature from around the globe helps you understand different nuances of cultures.  It was like a window to the whole world.  Dr. Foster seems to know so much information.  He is like having a history, politics, and English instructor all wrapped up into one person. 

What are your career goals after graduating from Mason?
I aspire one day to be a journalist.  After graduation, I am going to focus on extending my Russian and Arabic language skills.  By developing these languages, it will increase the likelihood that I can travel the world for my profession.  I received a scholarship through American Councils for International Education (ACIE) to study in Moscow, Russia.  I will enroll in advanced Russian classes at Moscow International University.  It fulfills my dream to study in Russia.  I am grateful to Dr. James Levine for his support through the application process.   

What has been your most memorable experience at Mason?
The interactions with my professors would be the most influential experiences during my academic career.  There have been numerous professors who gave me constant support and guidance throughout the years. 

What lead to your decision to study Russian?
I originally chose to study Russian as an impulse decision.  I was fascinated by the diverse backgrounds of the people from that region.  My Russian instructors solidified my interest in the language after I completed a few classes.   There are deep-rooted aspects of humanity and spirituality in the Russian language.

What advice do you have for new Mason students?
Don’t be afraid to try anything!  You are in charge of constructing your academic experience.  I wish I participated more in my earlier years.  You get more out of the content when you are engaged in class. 

What would you do with an hour of free time away from academic work?
I would sit outside with my favorite book in the sunshine and enjoy nature. 

If you could have dinner with one real or fictional figure who would you choose and why?
I would have dinner with my favorite heroine, Jane Eyre.  She is a fictional character in a book by Charlotte Bronte.  Jane Eyre is a proud and strong-willed woman. 

If you could travel to any destination in the world, where would you visit?
If I could go anywhere, I would travel to the moon.  I would love to see the Earth from space.  It would be a profound experience.