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Hi! My name is Zac and I’m from Quincy, Ma. I am a junior and a day student at Milton Academy.

My favorite class at Milton is history and one of my passions is current events, especially regarding the Middle East. At Milton, I am the co-head of Amnesty International and a board member of Students Interested in Middle Eastern affairs. I also am captain of the squash team and play the cello in the school orchestra.

My family is originally Egyptian, so I am no stranger to the Middle East. I am proficient in Arabic but not fluent. All of my Arabic is self-taught and I learned it in Middle School by watching movies and listening to music with my online Arabic dictionary always at hand! For the past couple of months I have been watching/listening to Levantinian dialect in preparation for this trip and I am super excited to try it out in Jordan! Although I have been to the Middle East before, I know that each country is so unique and I am really eager to compare the similarities and differences between Egypt and Jordan. Also, my all time favorite dessert is Knafeh and hopefully I will be having a lot of it in Jordan!