What do you get when you cross a family with four nationalities, three different languages and dual citizenship? Ilan Simanin.
Ilan is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is from North Potomac, Maryland, but was born in Petach Tikva, Israel. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and Government and Politics.
He is the current president for the University of Maryland Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and a Resident Assistant at the University of Maryland. In his free time, he enjoys biking, exploring the District of Columbia and planning his adventures abroad. Ilan hopes to tour Southeast Asia with friends after graduating in May 2016.
Between his high school and college careers, Ilan embarked on a 9-month gap year with Young Judaea's Year Course program in Israel. There, he volunteered teaching English to elementary school students, worked on a horse farm and became a volunteer medic with Israel's national ambulance service, Magen David Adom.
This year, Ilan is part of the University of Maryland Bateman team, where he is tasked with creating and implementing a campaign for Student Veterans of America.
"I was born into a world flourishing with ready pleasures. My ancestors planted for me, and now I plant for my children."