Undergraduate Martin Horst named to Husky 100

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Linguistics undergraduate senior and French double major Martin Horst is passionate about languages and studying the intricacies of them. Growing up in Seattle, Martin developed an interest in French in part thanks to a year abroad his mother had spent living in Belgium. Martin continued his high school French International Baccalaureate (IB) studies here at UW, where he further developed his skills in both the French language and linguistics. Martin spent a year abroad in Morocco at Al Akhawayn University, where he studied French and Arabic and also conducted sociolinguistic interviews with young adults about their language identity. To further his experiences with fieldwork, Martin then took time off work at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) while learning Spanish and living in Madrid. Now in his final quarter at UW, Martin is working with assistant French professor Maya Smith on his thesis, which will expand on the research on language identity he did while in Morocco. When not doing academics, Martin is the captain of his Ultimate Frisbee team. After graduation Martin will continue working at a Lindamood-Bell Learning Center, where he teaches children and adults with learning disabilities reading comprehension. Martin most identifies with the Husky 100 ideal of the discovery mindset, constantly seeking new experiences and intellectual challenges. He is considering various doctoral programs in French and linguistics but plans to go abroad again to teach English with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to further his passion for teaching, languages, linguistics, and Francophone culture.