What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I have known I wanted to go here my whole life. My family has many memories here. My father passed away last year which made me want to go to UMD even more. I get to be close to my mom and can visit her a lot.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I would like to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. I have wanted to be a surgeon since age 12. When my dad passed dude to a heart attack, I knew cardio was the route I wanted to go. I talked to his surgical team and they informed me on his heart attack and what went wrong.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I would like to join the Iranian Students' Foundation (ISF) and an environmental group. I am also in College Park Scholars-Life Sciences where we do many community service activities such as cleaning trash in PG County. I also play badminton, tennis, and spikeball and run. I love baking and studying in groups.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am in the Life Sciences Scholars Program. I hope to gain friends that share the same career goals as me. If I do, we could all help each other achieve our dreams. We could have study groups together, do internships together, and push each other in the right direction.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to have made long-lasting relationships with staff and professors. In high school, I was very close with my entire school staff. I knew every staff member's name in my high school. I hope that in college I will have a similar level of relations with staff.
What are your future goals after graduation?
I hope to attend medical school somewhere outside of MD. My dream is to go to NYU or Columbia for med school. I have always wanted to live in NYC, so I really hope I am able to at some point in my life.