Why did I choose Maryland?
UMD is very diverse, and I have had a lot of experience on the campus. I worked at a lab on campus for the summer of 2019, so to me, UMD was a place of comfort and familiarity. It's also renowned for its academic rigor, and I was excited to learn everything I could at a comfortable institution.
What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I am majoring in Public Health Science, and I hope to become a pediatric occupational therapist. A family friend of mine is an occupational therapist, and he allowed me to shadow him and I knew I could see myself in his shoes one day.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved in:
Since classes are online and I am home this semester, I am currently not in any clubs. However, I used to volunteer with the Organization of Arab Students and Islamic Relief; planning events, fundraising, and advocating for minorities. I also volunteered at Laurel Regional Hospital for a summer.
Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am enrolled in the Global Public Health Scholars program. I have already gained a lot of exposure in the field of global health, which has always been of great interest to me.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to gain substantial friendships, quality education, and great memories.
What are your future goals after graduation?
I plan to enroll in an accelerated Masters and doctorate program to further my education.