When Reham Garash '13 talks about Queens feeling like family, she means it. She's talking about the small, supportive community she's enjoyed as an international student from Saudi Arabia. She's also encouraged her siblings to join her. Her brother is a business major now, and both her sisters will be joining the MBA program in the spring.
"I love it here," she says. "I went to a large public university back home, and I wanted more. At Queens I get the support, the attention and the opportunities I need to grow." So she's shared her love with the people she loves.
Although a Biology major, Reham says her favorite courses at Queens were her Core classes. "Especially Core 222 since it helped me be more aware about global issues; I developed a sense of global citizenship," she says. In the Global Citizenship class, she learned what it means to be a noble person who is actively engaged in the world.
Reham's sense of global citizenship was further enhanced through a number of volunteer and internship experiences. She volunteered at an orphanage in the Philippines and interned at a children's cancer hospital in Egypt. During an internship in Sri Lanka, she was exposed to people living in extreme poverty who struggled to access healthcare services. While there she became motivated to raise $4,000 to build and furnish an isolation room to help halt the spread of disease in the hospital.
"I learned so much through my Queens international experience, I learned that I can lead. I don't have to wait for someone else."
- Reham Garash ’13
Closer to Queens, the aspiring doctor shadowed a pediatric oncologist at the Levine Children's Hospital. This summer she hopes to work in a research lab in the United States to strengthen her application for medical school.
Queens, she says, has helped set her up for success as she pursues her goal to become a doctor. "The passion of my teachers kept me interested and engaged in science. The great science and Core curricula offered at Queens have helped me become a better-rounded person and an excellent student scientist."