I recently became a Houstonian; I lived most of my life in the small town of Las Cruces, NM. Two years ago, my parents made an enormous sacrifice and shifted their entire lives so that I could have a better future and opportunities that they never had. I will always be grateful for the struggles that they have made for me. I hope to become a physician after my time at the University of Houston. After hearing the quote: “There are two blessings about which many people are in deception: health and free time,” I realized how true this was. When we are healthy, we feel invincible and unshakable. But once that first cough or sniffle starts hitting we realize the frailty of our existence. Being a physician would be a humbling experience which would allow me to provide others with another opportunity to live their lives. Helping ill individuals daily would remind me to be more grateful for the days that I am healthy and use them in serving others.
Campus and Community Involvement
In high school I was a member of the Medical Professionals of America organization, Muslim Student Association, and the Explore Club at St. Luke’s Hospital. I also volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
Awards and Honors
During high school I was blessed to be A.P. Scholar with Distinction and was nationally recognized as a National Merit Commended Student. I received my Gold Award in Girl Scouts and was the Principles of Health Science Student of the Year. I also was a recipient of the White House Silver Eagle award.
I believe that cultural experience is the greatest teacher and I plan on studying Arabic at UH. I would love to travel to the Middle East in order to get a first-hand view of how a language intermingles with people and religion. I also hope to find medical volunteer opportunities abroad.
I am interested in pursuing research in the medical field that involves providing cures/vaccines. I don’t know if I will help find a ground breaking cure that could save millions but if I could even be involved in helping provide information or data or anything that is used by others to find that ground breaking cure, I would be extremely satisfied.
I plan on going on to medical school and becoming a physician. I hope to be able to spend time with organizations like Doctors without Borders which allows physicians to travel globally to under served areas and provide much needed medical relief.