Born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, I grew up with a big family that reinforced the importance of strong positive relationships. When I moved to the US, everything around me changed, however, the one constant was that I was always presented with new opportunities to foster relationships with others.
As a sociology student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I’m fascinated by the power of developing and understanding human relationships with one another. After graduating from UIC, my goal is to work in the nonprofit sector. I want my work have a direct positive influence on my community. I am also very passionate about art. Through art, I find a beauty in seeing people express parts of themselves that they otherwise wouldn’t and a calming joy in seeing someone allow themselves to let free of society’s influence.
Having been involved with the nonprofit organization Mikva Challenge for most of high school, I witnessed firsthand the positive influence that a mentor can have on youth. I began my high school career as a timid teen, hiding behind long poems, and I now have pride in my public speaking skills and my ability to connect with others. I am positive I can eventually have the same influence on others. Through America Needs You, I have the opportunity to connect with a mentor who will push me to my full potential.