Current Global Scholars
Hi! My name is Marah Burt. I am studying Politics with a minor in International Studies. I’m from Massachusetts and am a member of the class of 2023. I joined Global Scholars because I want to gain a deeper understanding of other people and cultures. I believe this program and a better understanding of the world will help me in my goal to have a positive impact on it.
Hi! My name is Ayana Gaskins and I am a nursing major graduating with the class of 2023. I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, always struggling to understand my identity as a biracial woman. Being half Japanese and half African American, I was exposed to many different cultures and traditions, visiting different countries and learning languages. I became a global scholar in order to gain a better understanding, not just with my identity but to also learn and engage with other cultures around the world, in and outside of the classroom.
Hello! My name is Deianeira Hoffenden! I am currently a Biology major with a minor in Forensics and Criminal Investigations. I am from Miami, Florida. I applied to be a Global Scholar because I want to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world. I am eager to travel abroad, and for the opportunities that will be offered in this program.
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Hi! my name is Avril Agüero and I am a Fashion Merchandising major and a member of the class of 2024. I am from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Being from Central America has helped me open my eyes to the real issues the world is facing. I wanted to be a Global Scholar because of the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge while traveling and learning about the different cultures and communities that are now facing different issues around the world. As an international student, I am thrilled and looking forward to expanding my perspective and creating an impact for future generations, building an inclusive diversity that offers personal and social development for our society.
Major: Nursing; Minor: Psychology
Hello! My name is Nura Aladgham and I’m a Nursing major and Psychology minor. My plan after graduating Marymount University is to hopefully become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist! In addition, I was born and raised in Jordan, and then I moved to America in 2018 with my mom. I chose to become a Global Scholar because I absolutely love to travel and learn about other people’s cultures. Furthermore, I’m beyond excited to be a part of this program, and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life.
Major: Political Science
Hi, my name is Zack Funaro and I am a Political Science Major, with a Minor in International Affairs. I currently live in Chesapeake, Virginia but have spent my early years growing up in the Middle Eastern country of Kuwait. My love of global adventure started early on! I wanted to become a Global Scholar because I’ve always been interested in cultural diversity, languages, and travel. I’m excited for this new opportunity to expand my interest in our global community.
Yotwarit “Best” Kornwoodtikun
Major: Fashion Design
Hello! My name is Yotwarit Kornwoodtikun but I go by my nickname: Best. I was born in Thailand but raised in Arlington, VA. I still live in Arlington, VA and what a better way to attend a college near home; Marymount University. I will be majoring in Fashion Design with the Great Class of 2024! I wanted to be a global scholar because I’ve always had the passion to learn about the world and become open minded with cultures, language, new unique community, etc. I am more than excited to see what the program brings me and my peers. I know the Global Scholars Program will bring me justice to help reach my goal for a better future.
Adriana Umaña Santos
Major: Nursing Minor: Psychology
Hi, my name is Adriana Umaña Santos and I am a student at Marymount University majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia but my parents are from the small country of El Salvador. My plan after graduating Marymount is to become a Certified Registered Nurse in a specific area that I am still determining! I chose to become a Global Scholar because I love to travel and have the opportunity to gain new experience and discover new things! I always had a passion to learn more about the world and different cultures and languages. I am so grateful and excited to be a part of this program and hope to make a difference for future generations!
Adaly Asencio Veza
Hello! My name is Adaly Asencio Veza, and I am a Biology major, class of 2025. I am a premed student, and my career goal is to become a pediatrician because I want to impact the world by providing healthcare to children. I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be part of the Global Scholars Program because this will prepare me to be a physician in the future by expanding my knowledge and becoming more open-minded through new perspectives about the various cultures in our world. Being a Global Scholar will be essential in my future career by understanding and communicating with patients effectively at an ethical level as I share knowledge with others and become a better citizen of our world.
Double Major: Communications & English
My name is Lauren Harmon and I am a member of the class of 2025. I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I attended an all girls’ private catholic school for high school. This school offered me many amazing experiences academically. It inspired me to challenge myself by becoming a global scholar to break out of my comfort zone and to see more perspectives than what I am accustomed to. I am currently planning on double majoring in communications and English to pursue a career in journalism. The field of journalism requires a global perspective in order to fully understand the complexity of issues. I hope to embrace that challenge through the global scholars program and to become more understanding of other peoples’ perspectives and to see the world as a global community to which I can contribute.
Major: Graphic & Media Design; Minor: Politics
Hello! I am Amira Holland and I’m from Glen Burnie, Maryland. I’m a Graphic and Media Design major, minoring in Politics within the Class of 2025. I wanted to become a Global Scholar because I naturally developed a passion to travel due to my parents seeing the world during my dad’s military career. I also believe becoming a Global Scholar will help aid in my purpose of being an artist that helps others see from the lens of how great we can become together despite background, race, religion, economic status, and more. Lastly, I’m excited for the experiences and opportunities this program provides in order for me to be a globally inclusive graphic designer and human being.
Major: Communications; Minor: Journalism
Hi! My name is Grace Kapacs and I am a member of the class of 2025. I am majoring in Communications and Minoring in Journalism! I grew up in Scranton Pennsylvania and I have been lucky enough to be exposed to many different cultures growing up, which really made being a Global Scholar a priority for my journey at Marymount. Culture is the backbone of society as we know it without it we wouldn’t be the world we are today! I am so grateful to be a Global Scholar so I can not only educate myself more, but also bring other people’s cultures to light and educate anyone around me about the culturally diverse world we live in.
Major: Criminal Justice
Hello! My name is Michel Nieves and I will be majoring in Criminal Justice, and I am part of the class of 2025. I am originally from Mexico but grew up in Falls Church, VA. Being born from another country is what has sparked my interest in learning about different cultures and looking at different ways to help those in need. And by being part of the Global Scholar program, I know for certain that I will gain a variety of knowledge on different cultures. As well as gaining new experiences throughout my college journey. I am excited to be part of a group with similar interests as me, and can’t wait for the school year to start
Hi my name is Jordyn O’Driscoll. I’m from Oxford CT. I am a nursing major in the class of 2025. I’m so excited to join this program and learn more things but with a global perspective. I developed my love for a global perspective while traveling all over the world with my high school. I believe that becoming a global scholar will aid me to pursue my dream of working in a hospital across the world and making an impact on people as much as they made an impact on me through the different trips I’ve been on. I’m excited to expand my worldview and ready for the new experiences this program has to offer.
Major: Interior Design; Minor: Psychology
Hello! My name is Caroline Peloquin, I am a part of the class of 2025, and I will majoring in Interior Design with a minor in Psychology! By combining those two different subjects together, I plan on learning how to be able to be understanding, helpful, and empathetic to my future clients so they are able to trust me. I come from a small conservative town in Central Maryland, and I feel that the Global Scholars Program will offer me a broader insight into the lives of people, and really help me appreciate everyone. I want to become an accepting and compassionate individual not only for my future clients, but for people in my personal life as well. I know this program will give me once in a lifetime experiences I’ll never forget in both meeting other individuals, as well as traveling to other countries and really appreciating different ways of life.
Hello! My name is Ella Reither and I am a politics major in the class of 2025. I am from Columbus, Ohio where I attended a Catholic high school. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Global Scholars Program. Marymount is offering me so many opportunities to learn how to respectfully communicate on a global level, and with this program I cannot wait to improve my Spanish skills. This unique program is such an amazing concept, and I am excited to see how it helps me grow as a member of society.
“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee is unable to fly because the size, weight, and shape of his body in relation to the total wingspread make flying impossible. But the bumblebee, being ignorant of these scientific truths, goes ahead and flies anyway and makes a little honey every day.” I am Maria Cristina “Noelani” Aceves, a commuter first-year student taking up Biochemistry minor in pre-med. I am extremely excited to be a part of the virtuous learning environment in Marymount University. I hope to learn from everybody and in the process, forge enduring relationships!
Major: Computer Science
Hello my name is Nana Agyeman Bonsu. I live in Ghana and I plan to major in computer science. During my free time, I enjoy going to the gym and swimming. The top place on my travel wish list is Sweden, due to its breathtaking buildings and culture.
Major: Fashion Design
My name is Katy Edgar, I am from Oakton, VA originally but now live in Virginia Beach, VA. My major is Fashion Design and on my travel wishlist is Italy, UK, France, and Greece.
Major: Criminal Justice
Hi! My name is Avery Finnegan. I am a first year student athlete for cross country and track this year and I am majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in English and Psychology! I love art, running, golfing, walks and spending time with friends and family! I’m excited to grow this school year and learn a bunch of new things!
Hi, my name is Anissa Gregory and I am majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. I’m from Harrisonburg, Virginia which is a primarily white college town. I am very excited to be part of the Global Scholars Program because social justice and learning about other people is very important to me. I believe that learning about different cultures and experiencing different cultures through this program will help me discuss and bring awareness to important topics in a helpful and respectful way. I will also be working with people from different backgrounds, so I think it is important to be educated in order to properly care for patients. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and Greece and South Korea are on my travel wishlist.
Major: Information Technology
My name is Rosemary Sango, a transfer and an undergraduate student of Marymount University majoring in Criminal Justice. I’m originally from Ghana. The countries on my travel wishlist are; Mexico, Canada and Japan. It will be my great honor to visit these 3 countries as it will help me learn more about their tradition and to visit the world’s largest pyramid in Mexico. This will be a lifetime achievement to me and nothing is to late to achieve in life.
My name is Ariana Santiago and I am an incoming freshman. I am from Manassas, Virginia. My travel wishlist mainly consists of Latin American countries since I come from Mexican parents. My travel wishlist is Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many more.
Major: Health Sciences
Hi! My name is Sami Shumate. I am majoring in the health sciences for pre-physical therapy. I am from Richmond, Virginia, and I would love to visit Japan and Peru.