Maverick Science Student Stories
Campus involvement: Honors College Council; UTA Student Government
Fun facts: Is learning to play the violin, and loves to try making a new dish from different cuisines every
As a child in Pakistan, where I was born and raised, I was always fascinated by how nature works. I started taking an interest in biology when I first saw microscopic organisms through a microscope in fourth grade.
I love everything about biology, especially how organisms evolve over time and how genetics plays a major role in it. I also love to learn about the complex structures and processes in a living organism that seems simple, like a bacterium. Another reason I am studying biology is because it allows me to complete the prerequisites for and to become prepared for medical school, which I intend to apply for in the future.
The main reason I decided to join UTA was the number of things that it has to offer. UTA is a campus with various opportunities, from student organizations to the ability to become involved in research. When I was looking for colleges, undergraduate research was the main thing that grasped my attention. Also, since I am a pre-med student, I liked the fact that UTA has pre-med advisors who are always available to help.
At UTA, there are student organizations that are made especially for pre-medical students. Through participation in such organizations and with the help of the pre-health advisors in the College of Science, I can keep track of the subjects that I have completed to fulfill my pre-med prerequisites. These pre-health organizations and advisors also help me find various useful resources to prepare me for medical school. UTA's pre-health advisors always do their best to accommodate students.
One of my professors in the biology department has offered me an opportunity to get involved in undergraduate research, which I accepted. I’m very excited that I will soon be starting that.
I am also part of the Honors College at UTA, and honors courses help me prepare for graduate school as they introduce me to new academic challenges. I am part of the Honors College Council and student government here at UTA. I have been serving as the Honors College Senator since the start of this semester.
I worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for an evolution and ecology class during the fall semester, and I’m currently working as a grader for an environmental science class. I will be joining the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) next semester.
After completing my bachelor’s degree in biology, I intend to apply for medical school. I hope to see myself as a cardiologist in the future.