What makes you a Difference Maker?
What makes me a Difference Maker has been my commitment to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Since my freshman year I have been looking to make an impact on the University community. It started with an opportunity to help fill the new Union at Dearborn and has transitioned into senior leadership in student government, as well as opportunities to work on campus at the Department of Police and Public Safety. I like to think that I make a difference in the classroom as well. I have enjoyed the opportunities to take a wide variety of challenging classes.
My freshman year I received the Branstrom Prize for being in the top 5% of my academic class. Since then I've received university honors and Dean’s list three times. I have also been the recipient of the Outstanding Delegate award at the Michigan Model Arab league for the past two years. Some of the research I have done has been on best practices of dealing with sexual assault on university campuses such as our own.
I have had a number of opportunities to hold leadership roles on campus. I started off as a senator in Student Government, then became the Director of Clubs and Organizations my sophomore year. I served as Vice President my Junior year and President my Senior year. Beyond campus I was able to serve on John Kasich’s campaign for President as a volunteer coordinator at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in September of 2015. I also worked as a Police Service Aide for the Westland Police Department.
What is your Dream Career?
My dream is to be able to apply what I have learned on campus into a career in issue advocacy. My dream job would be to have my own political consulting firm and be able to focus on some of the issues that I am most passionate about.
What was your Defining Moment at UM-Dearborn?
My most defining moment at UM-Dearborn was when I was elected President of Student Government. It was at that point I realized that all of the hard work I had done for three years had paid off. The best part was that it was just getting started. I was able to spend my senior year working closely with students, staff, faculty, and administration on such topics as a Fall Study Break, Public Safety, political engagement, and a number of topics that are so important to me.