To most, I have had an atypical childhood. Born in Old Town, Maine I proudly became the first American citizen in my family. And since Maine I have lived in six other states: Louisiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and now of course, Florida. Why, you ask, did we move so often? Well the answer is quite simple, education and opportunity. My father came to America seeking to continue his education, and earned his doctorate degree in civil engineering. Needless to say, growing up there was a great emphasis placed on higher education.
My love of science began in middle school, and in high school I enrolled in honors courses and had taken extra classes in physics, anatomy, and chemistry; and it then became clear to me that I wanted to pursue a science degree. The first two years following high school were spent at Joliet Junior College, after which I transferred to USF to obtain my bachelors degree in Biology. Outside of academia, I have firmly believed in helping others and the importance of community involvement. At USF, I was an active member in Project Downtown and Muslim Students Association, and was president of Sister’s United Muslim Association. More recently, I have volunteered with the student-based humanitarian organization Muslims Without Borders.
Having said all that, it was not until last year that I had officially decided that science teaching was right for me. In fact, the path to my decision came after months of career exploring, soul searching, and deliberation. My dilemma was that I wanted a career which integrated my love of science and community service. The culmination of these factors translated into the perfect career for me. As an educator I would have the ability to instill an appreciation for science, while simultaneously providing students the opportunity to progress through education. I am very passionate about my decision and look forward to beginning my career and making a positive impact in my community.