2012 Scholars

Omar Ali

Omar Ali

 

Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biology & Physics
High School: Spring High School
Hometown: Spring, TX

About Me

If I had to describe myself with only one word, I would say I am a dreamer. I have grand dreams, dreams that I know that the University of Houston will help me accomplish and fulfill. Aside from my desire to get a world class education and knowledge in the fields of biology, physics, and government; I thoroughly plan to enjoy and take advantage of my undergraduate years by being part of all that the University has to offer and making the most of this college experience. I am excited to grow and learn at UH and to contribute to the cultivation of the campus. From a young age I learned a love of medicine and as I grew I become very interested in politics and government; it is thus my career goal to become a medical correspondent and combine my interests of both policy and medicine. I am a driven and motivated student and I know I will succeed. I have a firm belief that one day I will change the world for the better, and it is towards that goal that I strive.

Campus and Community Involvement

Being involved and beneficial in my community is something that I hope to continue working towards for the rest of my life. In the past I have volunteered at Northwest Medical Clinic and at a local free community clinic. There I helped patients and assisted physicians while at the same time learned valuable skills and experience in the medical atmosphere. I also take part in organizations that do community service projects and I enjoy taking leadership roles in those situations for the betterment of myself and those around me. In high school I was the President of the NHS where I lead the way in many projects including; Supplies for Soldiers in Iraq, Dodge ball Tournament to raise money for families in need, adopting a family over Christmas, and a Carnation drive to raise funds. I was also President of the Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) club at my High school where I lead the way in Cancer awareness weeks, and spreading preventative information about diabetes.

Policy Debate

My love for policy, medicine, and debate has fueled my success in the University Policy Debate team. I competed as a novice, representing the University at one of the largest national debate tournaments in the Fall of 2012. I successfully made it into an elimination round at my first ever national tournament, a feat that has taught me much on poise, leadership, and quick thinking. Policy Debate has been a great experience in preparing me for a career as a medical correspondent. I have also traveled to inner city schools in Houston to teach them more about debate and foster a community of debaters at the earliest levels.

National Pre-Medical Honors Club

At the university I have joined Alpha Epsilon Delta (the National Pre-Med Honors Club) where I have contributed in fundraising. I also traveled with Alpha Epsilon Delta to medical school tours of Anatomy Labs, and received first-hand experience with cadavers and other important medical practices. Additionally as a part of AED I write articles for their weekly journal the “Scalpel” where I contribute stories of medical importance and also other interesting things on campus.

Hospital Volunteer

I am a volunteer at Memorial Hermann hospital in the medical center. I volunteer on a weekly basis in a wide capacity assisting the physicians and nurses.

Tennis

All through my high school years, I played Tennis for the varsity team, and eventually became the tennis team captain. I won many local and area tournaments, and as captain often helped coach the freshmen and JV teams. I continue to play tennis recreationally, as a way to enjoy myself and stay fit.

Study Abroad

In College I hope to continue adding to my language repertoire by learning the Arabic language. That being the case I hope to travel to a country where Arabic is the common tongue so that I may be immersed and surrounded by Arabic and thus learn it myself.

Research

I am currently undertaking research in medical policy and health communications. It is collaborative research with the UH Communications Department.

I hope to continue research in areas that will benefit me in my long-term career, hence research in the medical field and biology combined with research in politics, government, and broadcasting.

Future Endeavors

To stay involved in the University. To become a leader in whatever capacity I can. To get a great education and to be successful in my goals. To have fun and take it easy.