Mae Ghylin is majoring in Arabic at Portland State University. In 2017, she was granted a scholarship by the US State Department to study Arabic in Morocco, where she fell in love with the communal culture of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region, especially the many tea breaks. She has since continued her studies in Arabic, politics, and the Abrahamic religions in Jordan, Egypt, Spain, Palestine and Israel. Mae loves trading stories with others and holds the perspective that journalism is a certain kind of storytelling that enhances understanding between people and bridges communities together. Outside of her education, she enjoys having solo dance parties, making meals with friends, and turning over rocks to find cool bugs. Mae hopes to work someday as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East.