As a young child I lived in a small mountain village in Ibb, Yemen. The village lacked opportunities, but we all looked out for each other. We’d trade crops, livestock, feed one another, and essentially just survive together. The problem was, we barely survived. In 1997, my family and I packed our half empty bags and moved into NYC in search of a higher standard of living. Squeezing nine family members into a two-bed room apartment was crowded, but helped us adjust to the loneliness of a large city. My father worked hard to provide for us, and his ambition rubbed off on his children.
I now attend Queens College, where I study Accounting, Studio Arts, and Arabic. I am currently the President of my college’s Muslim Students Association, an active club with over 100 members. I also work as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician at JFK airport, which allows me to help provide for my family while pursuing higher education.
Multimedia has the power to inspire all sorts of emotions in viewers. I want to help communicate nonprofit organization’s messages through multimedia, as well as use my accounting degree to better understand the technical aspects of how organizations operate. America Needs You provides access to professionals from a variety of fields that can provide mentorship as well as professional development opportunities. I hope to gain experience in multimedia so that I can use the power of visual imagery to help gain awareness and support for people in need all over the world.