Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
High school: Currently attending North Cedar Academy, Ladysmith, Wis.
Current program or major: Medical Science
Why did you choose UW-Barron County? UW-Barron is a rigorous college with diverse students from different backgrounds. Moreover, I chose this college because it gave me a chance of getting my associate degree at the same time I graduate from high school.
What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I was surprised by the hospitality of staff members and students. They were so welcoming and eager to know about my culture. I wasn’t expecting that on my first day in college.
Why did you choose your program/major? I chose a medical major because of my passion in helping others. Since accessibility to healthcare services in my country is poor, I promised to myself before I came to the US that I would try my best to be a part of the solution.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? I found out that I have the opportunity to do my internship in my country, and that really motivated me to stay in this major.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? Participating in the Teen Leadership Academy, preparing for the SAT exam, playing basketball for my school, volunteering in the Emergency Room at Rusk County Memorial Hospital. I also participate in the UW-Barron County Rube Goldberg Engineering Team.
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? My favorite teachers are Lee Friederich, Mary Hankins, Terry Wiesner, Christopher Jones, Steve Curran, Sue Patrick and Christy Talbot. I love all of them, but these teachers have stood out to me for their personality and teaching skills.
What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? My plan is to become an obstetrician so I can help women suffering. In doing so, I hope to make a big difference in the quality of healthcare available to women and children in Afghanistan and to prove educating women is a benefit to our entire nation.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? In my short time here, I noticed a great respect among the students. Although they are from different countries and have different cultures, they respect and accept each other’s differences. Trust me you will enjoy being part of UW-Barron County community.