Writers

Shirley Yang

Shirley Yang

B.A. International Business, December 2015

I’m from Shanxi province, the North of China. My major is International Business.  Before I came here, I have studied in Sydney, Australia for my language and foundation study for one year and half. Writing is not my strength but I’m on my way to improve it and looking forward to the day writing can be my strength.

 

Talat Altayyar

Talat Altayyar

Talat Altayyar

B.S. Computer Science, May 2017

I’m from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My major is Computer Science. I have studied in Houston,TX for a year English as a second language. Then on Jan.1.2013 I moved to Harrisonburg,VA to start my bachelor degree in Computer Science in James Madison University. I chose to enroll this activity because I am interested to improve my English skills always and I am really glad to find a place like this, which can provide  me with many things to improve my English. Before I thought  when I finish from my English school I won’t need any English classes anymore. In fact, as an international student in an American university for a first year, I must enroll any classes that can help my English to be improved. These classes for me are very useful and make me less worried about the  education system in the university.

 

MWC Alumni 

Ahmad Abdul Ali

BS, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, 2012

Major: Health Sciences with Pre-Med Concentration

Ahmad Abdul Ali graduated from James Madison University as a Centennial Scholar in 2012. He majored in Health Sciences with Pre-Med Concentration.  His first languages are Farsi and Uzbek, but he was educated in Turkmen and Russian, making English his fifth language. On February 3, 2011, he and his family became U.S. citizens.  Ahmad was one of the founding writers of Multilingual Writers’ Community (MWC) in spring 2008.  He says, “MWC gave me access to the most valuable resources on campus. I  built strong bonds with members of the community and shared my experiences as I went through school. I benefited academically in improving my writing skills but I also spent dedicated time on my medical school essays, summer internship essays, resume and other writing to allow me to enjoy writing. I encourage anyone to join and experience this community, especially students who don’t speak English as first language.”  Ahmad currently attends the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Cecilia Enriquez

BS, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, 2012

Major: Health Sciences with Pre-Med Concentration

Cecilia hails from Bolivia, where she hopes to return one day as a medical professional.

 

 

 

Yuan Yuan Lin

Yuan Yuan Lin

Yuan Yuan Lin

B.A. International Affairs, May 2012

 

Inmar Romero

Inmar Romero



 

Inmar Romero

BA, College of Arts and Letters, 2010

Majors: International Affairs and Spanish

Minor: Latin American Studies

Inmar was born in El Salvador and in December 2002 he came to the United States.  He was a founding member of the MWC.  Inmar is a teacher because he believes that “Real change happens in a classroom.”  He  is currently teaching Spanish at his alma mater, Gar-Field Senior High School in Prince William County.

Kanar Hamza

MS, Integrated Science and Technology, 2010

Kanar Hamza is from Iraq.  He spent 2 years at JMU earning his Master’s of Science in ISAT.  He is currently enrolled in an integral European Master program in System Dynamics. It is a joint program among 4 European Universities (University of Bergen, Lund University, University of Palermo and Radboud University Nijmegen).
In spring 2012, Kanar earned a joint Mphi in System Dynamics (University of Bergen and University of Palermo) and a Master of Science in Business Administration (Radboud University Nijmegen).

Kanar describes himself as a scientist, scholar and gentleman. A global citizen, Kanar is optimistic about the future despite the challenges and difficulties of the day.

Kouadio K. Koko

BSN, College of Integrated Science and Technology, 2011

RN to BSN Program in Nursing

Kouadio K. Koko was born in Cote d’Ivoire, father of two daughters 15 and 3. He became a Registered Nurse in 1993. He worked as a public and medical surgical nurse for five years in Cote d’Ivoire (Africa). When he moved to the USA in 1999, he faced many challenges with the English language and was not able to practice his dream profession. But the journey did not stop there. He took ESL classes at Northern VA Community College and passed the NCLEX-RN examination in 2008. He is currently working at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital as a staff nurse on the Medical surgical floor. He found the need to pursue his education. He is currently enrolled in the RN to BSN program at JMU. His most important goal is to obtain someday a Master’s degree in public health nursing.

Koko began writing with English Language Learner Services in Fall 2009 to improve his writing skills in English.

Yoky Yu

BS, College of Business 2014

Major: Marketing

Yoky is from Shanghai, China.