When it comes to creating support systems, Reem is no novice. Through fundraising work, mentorship and organizational work, she has helped so many others find comfort in an unfamiliar place.
Raising money for those in need
“I took lead on a project as Treasurer/Fundraising Chair for the Yemeni Student Association. The project was 7 months long and we raised about $12,000 dollars that went to a nonprofit organization, where all proceeds helped build a water system for villages in Yemeni. I worked with local community members and businesses to raise this money. I was able to give back to my home country and help with the humanitarian crisis it's currently facing. We were able to raise money, awareness, and most importantly created a group filled with passionate college students to keep these projects going.”
Providing the next generation with tools for success
“Being an engineer you get to develop and create new technology that can be life-changing to a greater population. During my program, I learned the ethical responsibilities, experienced working in a team, and enhanced my technical skills to benefit my passion. My experiences outside of the classroom helped develop my talents as a passionate leader helping the community by providing ways of success to the younger generations. I was able to work with middle school students and help guide them to the engineering path.”
Creating support systems
“I was lucky enough to have been a part of so many important groups on campus as well as be a research student. One position was being a co-founder for First Gen Student Org. As a first-gen student, I was able to find a strong support system and then create a campus-wide community with faculty and staff who wanted to sponsor, support, and empower first-gen students.
“I was also a mentor with Student Support Services. During my time as a mentor, I helped advise, guide, support and empower first-generation, low-income, and disadvantaged students. As a mentor, many stories and struggles I helped students get through really left a mark on me.”