About Maris B.

Marisyear: Class of 2021

hometown: Satellite Beach, FL

education: BA in International Affairs, Economics Concentration, The George Washington University

activities: Public Interest Scholar; negotiation competition; getting through 1L

Maris grew up in sunny and rainy Satellite Beach, FL (not the Gulf Coast, the better coast). In high school, Maris was convinced she could be a professional violinist, but the universe had other things in store.

Maris discovered Arabic at GW and fell madly in love with the language. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, GA, assisting recently arrived refugees to find jobs and develop successful relationships with their American employers. Arabic came in handy when teaching Iraqi, Sudanese, and Syrian families how to take the bus, read a utility bill, and schedule appointments. Later, Maris worked in refugee resettlement at the national level, coordinating between international and domestic partners to ensure refugees were resettled in the best possible location based on existing family ties and social and medical needs.

When she finds the time (read: isn’t being lazy), Maris trains in Olympic lifting. Even though she will never be an Olympian, she loves energizing women to get under a barbell and learn how strong they are. Only talk to her about weightlifting if you have 30 minutes to spare.

Maris is in a long-distance relationship with her cat, Rhino, who begrudgingly lives with Maris’s spouse. All three parties are less than thrilled by the arrangement and hope to live together this summer as Maris pursues employment in the DC region.