It is always amazing to see when and where studies in Engineering at UST will take students. Fuschia Ann Hoover has been selected as a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar to continue her study of Arabic in Tunisia. Hoover, a St. Paul native, graduated last December with a Mechanical Engineering major and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. This was not the first opportunity to study abroad for Fuschia Ann. As an undergraduate she also worked and studied in Germany and Italy. Said Hoover of the Tunisian Arabic dialect in an October issue of St. Thomas Magazine, “It’s a fusion of French, Arabic, and Berber along with a little Italian or Spanish.”
The U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship had over 5,300 U.S. applicants, and Hoover was one of only 575 to be selected. Such a great honor also brought a very intense workload in her studies. Her workload included studying a chapter per night from a book in Arabic, vocabulary on Ipods, and immersing themselves in the Arabic language with assigned partners.
Currently, she is applying to graduate school to study Environmental Engineering. Hoover enjoyed her experience in Tunisia so much that she would now like to do research in an Arabic speaking country after school to combine her engineering degree with Arabic because she developed a true passion for the language.