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I was once told that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable unhappy or unfulfilled For it is only in such moments that we are likely to start searching for better answers As a first generation Arab-American girl I was introduced early to the tensions between two very different cultures and traditions On one hand the United States taught me the value of individualism On the other hand my familys culture put community interests above those of the individual For me the question was simple why cant an individual strive to realize his innate potential while helping his community I have learned to appreciate the uniqueness of peoples own journeys I became a dedicated student who placed value on compassion responsibility and humilityDuring my freshmen year in high school my student counselor told to me about the importance of volunteering with an emphasis of helping those who are less fortunate In that way we gain experience that no education can teach us and with time we find ourselves as people I began volunteering at the University of Michigan Thoracic Vascular Center Taubman Outpatient Pharmacy and Motts Inpatient Pharmacy Being bilingual in English and Arabic I was able to effectively communicate essential information to the patients with the pharmacist support I discovered that what had been my discomfort zone had become a source of deep satisfaction Clearly problems can be opportunities if we only consider them from the right angleWhile an undergraduate at the University of Michigan I found many research opportunities offered through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program I worked weekdays at the Domino Farms Cardiology Center and the U of M medical school helping with action research At the cardiology center we studied the effects of angina preventive cardiology lipid management and pulmonary hypertension We used questionnaires to collect data and analyzed results to assist in better preventative and treatment options It was a great experience to
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