Q: What were your biggest accomplishments?
A: I received my Associate Degree in Art from OCC, and I was able to transfer to the
University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I didn’t give up. I kept trying to be better every single day and learn new ways
to fit in the new virtual normal life. I also am helping people during this pandemic
by volunteering at Beaumont Hospital.
Q: What kind of support did you receive from faculty over the past year?
A: I am very lucky to be a student recruiter at OCC because I don’t see my coordinators
as coordinators and managers only, but also as my second family. They meet with us
student recruiters every month to check on us and see how we are doing in our lives.
They are very caring people and understanding.
Q: What are the next steps for you after leaving OCC?
A: I am currently a full time student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am
majoring in public health as a pre-med/dental school and taking the rest of my prerequisites
that I still can take from OCC. I am planning on studying for the MCAT or DAT and
to apply to medical schools or dental schools.
Q: If you had to pick one thing you’re taking away from your experiences over the
past year, what would it be?
A: Start to fit into the new normal and learn new things that can help you. Change
is not easy for me, yet I know and believe that without getting out my comfort zone,
I would not be able to achieve my goals, dreams and be the person I always dreamed
Q: From the lessons you learned in the past year, what advice would you give to future
A: Never give up no matter how hard things are getting. I left my family, friends,
home country and traveled far away to study medicine and achieve my goals. I felt
alone without my family, but I used to always remind myself that I didn’t come this
far just to come this far. I have a dream, and I know that it is not impossible to