I started teaching ESL and Reading at Oakland International Academy Middle School. I saw a gap in the community and wanted to continue making a difference. I hope to improve opportunities for my students by assisting in the advancement of writing and English comprehension skills. Based on my personal experience growing up in an immigrant family, I believe it's critical to invest time and resources necessary to empower each individual, giving them new opportunities to create a better life for themselves. The best part is when the students get happy when they achieve what they thought they couldn't do.
What makes you a Difference Maker?
To be self-motivated and have self-determination, despite coming from a low socio-economic background. The road to success can sometimes feel unattainable and is easier said than done. However, despite the tough situations, I’m optimistic about my future and will do whatever it takes to get there. I believe in always taking that extra mile to show how passionate I am about my education and how much I value it.
Highlight your campus achievements:
-Presidential level, National Engaged Leader Award
-Public Health Research
-Medical Mission to Central America
-Environmental Student Abroad Study to Caribbean Islands
-Internship at Joy Southfield
Highlight your leadership experiences both on and off campus:
I felt the need to go out there and make an impact on the world. I started volunteering with IONA Masjid’s—a worship and learning center—youth program. All faiths are welcome to join our meetings, activities, community events and sports leagues. I’m proud to be a part of the leadership team that started the first sports leagues for girls. At UM-Dearborn, I conducted public health research on health disparities for African Americans.
What is your dream career and/or long term life goal?
For me, the medical field has been a career ladder. Starting from a volunteering position at twelve years old, to a receptionist job, to getting certified as a phlebotomist, to working as an EKG technician, to a medical assistant, to now—ready to go all the way through. My long term goal is to develop myself as an inspirational, motivational and empowering woman, by becoming a holistic and environmentally conscious physician.
What was your most defining moment at UM-Dearborn?
My most defining moment was when I traveled to another country for a medical and public health mission while taking 21 credit hours and balancing five part-time jobs—I thought it’d be impossible for me. I took a leap of faith and it made me more brave and more determined to continue pursuing the unimaginable. It made me realize that if I can dream it, then I can pursue it. The disadvantaged background I’m from doesn’t matter, because I believe in myself.