I graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2011 with a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree - concentration in Chemistry and Mathematics, along with a minor in Psychology. Although I was born and raised in Arizona, my father is originally from Lebanon and my mother is originally from the small Island of Mauritius. Both Lebanon and Mauritius have beautiful natural and historic sites to enjoy, but like any other countries of the world there are also problems with such things as poverty, imperfect medical systems, and gender inequalities in social and cultural settings. My family moved to the Middle East when I was 10 which further lent me the opportunity to make friends from different backgrounds and expand my perspectives of global conditions that need to improve.
I love being a part of UCP-SARnet because I truly believe that using technology is key to achieving world problems, especially those delineated by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. No person or organization should have to set out to solve these vast issues on their own; with a social network that strives to link students, faculty, community groups, and organizations worldwide, there is so much more potential to accomplish the goals important to us all.
In addition to being a part of this great network for as long as it takes to make a difference and accomplish the MDGs, I also hope to learn more and further my education. Two opportunities in particular that have caught my interest at ASU are the Graduate Certificate in Socio-Economic Justice, with the School of Social Transformation and the Master’s Program in Sustainability (particularly in regards to International Development), offered by the Global Institute of Sustainability. I have always aspired to play a role in international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. Having friends and family across the globe serves to strengthen my determination to be a part of changing the world for the better.