Yusra Sarhan is a senior at Oak Lawn Community High School. She is the president of the school's SADD chapter and a member of National Honor Society.
What is the best thing about being a student at Oak Lawn High?
Knowing that there are so many teachers, counselors, and other staff members that are available and more than willing to help the students of OLCHS with academically, socially, and personally related issues. I am proud to represent Oak Lawn Community High School and I genuinely believe that OLCHS is an amazing school that gives every deserving student the opportunities that he/she needs to succeed and I'm so glad that I'm a part of this school.
What is your favorite subject and why?
AP physics because it is a challenging class that focuses on the mechanical aspect of physics. This class really forces me to think outside the box and although it is difficult, it is very gratifying. For instance, a lot of times I have to struggle to figure out a certain equation or a certain x-value but when I finally figure out the equation or x-value, I feel like I have accomplished a lot.
Do you participate in any sports, clubs or extracurricular activities?
I am the president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the president of International Club, the statistician of Mathletes, and the member of various other clubs like Student Helpers, World Languages, and the National Honor Society. I enjoy being the president of SADD because it is wonderful to see so many underclassmen choosing to join a club that supports an anti-drug cause. Also, International Club is very fun to be a part of because it gives me the opportunity to learn about different religions and cultures. Lastly, Mathletes is a blast of fun because it allows me to participate in math competitions and keep track of the scores of the individual members of the Mathletes team.
Do you know what you want to do for a living?
I have always wanted to become a physician/surgeon, specifically, an otolaryngologist. I am planning on majoring in biomedical engineering for my undergraduate studies and I will be attending medical school afterwards. I will use my studies and experience to cure people of their physical ailments and develop my skills as a physician so that I can be able to support myself and my family.
What do you enjoy doing when not in school?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends during the weekends because I am usually too busy to spend time with them during the weekdays. I also play tennis every once in a while or I might go shopping - anything that will keep me active.
Who are your role models and why?
My role models are Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female American doctor, and Abdel Halim Hafez, one of the greatest classical Egyptian singers of all time. Blackwell not only broke barriers but she also paved the road for future female American doctors. She inspires me to keep pushing forward and doing the best I can so that I can graduate from medical school and make a positive difference in this world. On the other hand, Abdel Halim Hafez was a leader who brought the people of Egypt and people from around the world together for one purpose: entertainment. He taught people how to let go and enjoy life by creating some of the most musically dynamic Arab songs of all time.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I would visit Amman, Jordan, because most of my family members live in Jordan and it has been 16 years since I have visited there. I would love to see all the things that my Arab friends tell me about after they return from Jordan. Many people tell me that Jordan is the perfect place for vacation and I want to experience everything my friends tell me about. I also want to see my aunts, uncles and cousins.
Name something you can absolutely not do without.
I cannot do without my agenda book because I am a very forgetful person and I need to write everything down. If I did not have an agenda book, I probably would not be able to earn A's in any classes because I will forget to do my homework and projects.
Name one person, living or dead, with whom you would like to have a conversation?
I would like to have a conversation with my late grandmother, Shokria Nasser, because she passed away when my mother was 14 years old and I never had the chance to meet her. For some reason, when I look at photographs of my late grandmother, I feel a connection with her and I know that if she was alive, we would love each other very much.
Reveal something about yourself that other people might consider strange.
I get really excited when I watch "The X Factor," especially when one of the contestants that I admire moves on to the next level of competition or when one of the contestants I do not admire moves on to the next level of competition. For instance, when Carly Rose Sonenclar moved on to the final round, I was jumping and screaming with joy. However, when Tate Stevens moved on to the final round, I became very angry and started screaming at my TV.