Tom O’Connor is a student of journalism and Arabic at American University in Washington, D.C. He is from Staten Island, New York and has previously interned at the Staten Island Advance and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He has also been featured on Al Jazeera Arabic. Tom plans to report on Middle Eastern affairs after graduation and enjoys balancing hard news with poetry, prose and music, all of which he plans on publishing in the near future. Follow him on Twitter at @ShaolinTom.