I was born in Khartoum, Sudan, where I experienced firsthand the devastating effects of lack of equity, healthcare, and education. A roof over your head and running water put you at the wealthiest 0.01% of the country. With great heartache, I saw the mass suffering from poverty, genocide, and famine. Through the struggle, however, I learned the significant importance of community. At any point, a neighbor, friend, or stranger is willing to give more than they have to help. The generosity and selflessness of the Sudanese people inspired my interest in endeavors that benefit and reward society.
In 2014, my family and I moved to the United States. This incredible opportunity I was given further established my life goal of giving back to my community. I organized international outreach fundraisers, created clubs that are dedicated to empowerment, and developed peer tutoring programs at my school that were designed to remain long after I graduated. I interned at my local civil rights establishment alongside lawyers and activists to help everyone in my city receive equal opportunities. With countless hours of community service in hospitals, nursing homes and schools, I aimed to ensure the physical and mental health of my community.
The extreme gratification I received from these activities shaped my desire to pursue a career in the medical field and science, so I can help others for a living. The outstanding campus involvement at UT enables me to continue designing and participating in community service projects that are even more targeted toward my passions! I am thrilled and honored to be a part of UT and the Forty Acres Scholars Program.
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
When I arrived at Finalist Weekend, I noticed right away that everyone involved in the program were like family. The diversity and accomplishments of the scholars largely inspired me; I found myself eager to meet as many people as I could, just to listen to their stories. The faculty are so dedicated, talented and supportive of their students, which made an intimidating process one of the best experiences I have had. The program allows me to travel the world and grow my understanding, which has always been a life goal of mine. I learned about the connections and opportunities that scholars receive, fueling my captivation with the program. I realized that the Forty Acres Scholars Program is so much more valuable than a check; in fact, it is priceless.