New beginnings are never easy. As a child, I left the comfort and familiarity of my home in Alexandria, Egypt. Though faced with learning and adapting to a new language and culture, my goal remained the same – to be a medical doctor and, more specifically, a surgeon. I did not know exactly what this entailed at the time but nonetheless remained my primary focus. My goal to be a surgeon affects every arena of my life. I am in a constant state of sacrifice whether it is with my time, strength or energy. This drive did not happen overnight. It was through hard work and many trials of character that I became this way.
It all started at the age of seven. I came to this country with little in the way of material possessions and without much knowledge of the western world. I was forced to keep up with students educated here and excel in my studies. I decided at a young age that setbacks would not hinder my progress and that they would serve as my opportunities and my tools to excel. I not only kept up with others, but I went on to graduate from high school and maintain a 4.0 GPA at Kingsborough Community College. After I complete my associate degree, I plan on attending a four-year college to pursue a double major in Biology and Psychology. The road has not been easy but with persistence, resilience and vision the possibilities are endless.