Maryam

Maryam

I was born as the first child in my family and value my family, respect, and responsibility. I have always wanted to be of help to my family and make my parents proud. As I have grown up, I have realized that being with people, helping them, and bringing them happiness is what makes me happy in life. While I was in high school, I realized that I excel in biology and science. The passion that I have for biology and helping people has led me to believe that I can and will be a successful doctor. After studying diligently in high school, I was accepted to Tehran Azad Medical School. However, I also had the opportunity to move to the United States with my family, an opportunity that we decided to take advantage of.

When I came to America, I initially found it challenging to adopt to a new society and culture. However, my goals provided me with the determination to work harder and harder every day. I started retaking classes, which I previously passed in my country, at Oakton Community College. Outside of class I had the opportunity to volunteer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and was able to shadow Dr.Reza Borna. After two years of studying hard, I transferred to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and am now majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Being a Fellow at ANY is a great opportunity for me to learn how to network and communicate more effectively. This program has already helped me to build my confidence, to concentrate on my goals, and to improve my professional skills. As a first generation college student, I have faced many different difficulties; however, ANY has shown me many different perspectives on how to overcome the barriers in my life. This program is great for students like me who are working hard, but need support to ultimately be successful and reach my goals.

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