I am a student at Northeastern Illinois University working toward a degree in Biology. I came to the United States from Iraq in 2008. Before coming to America, my family and I were living in Syria as refugees. As a child refugee, health and safety was a big concern for my family. When the war started in Iraq, at least one child from my school was killed every day. During this same time, two of my siblings died from health issues. My family and I were able to move to America, and now live a better, happier, and safer life. Even after all of our struggles as a family, we have never given up.
I chose to major in Biology because I am interested in becoming a primary care physician, and helping people around the world who don’t have access to doctors. After moving to Syria, my family and I worked with UNICEF, and watched workers aid us in getting healthy and adjusting to our new life. It was after seeing this that I decided I wanted to become a doctor. I want to give back to others, much like those who helped me and my family. I joined America Needs You because I wanted to develop professionally, establish a network, and learn from others. Having guidance from successful people, such as the Mentor Coaches, inspires me to pursue my career aspirations. They are people I can look up to, and who will help me on my own path to success.