Originally from: Advance, NC
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Undergraduate Major: Global Studies and Psychology
Languages: English, Arabic
Countries Traveled: Egypt, Canada, Turkey, UAE, Oman, Ireland, England, Netherlands, France
What attracted you to NC State’s MIS program?
I loved that I could customize my degree and narrow down my focus to what I’m passionate about.
What was your concentration and why did you focus on that topic?
My concentration was US/Middle East Relations. My Arab American identity inspired me to build a bridge between the two very different regions of the world. I aspired to be a leading force in establishing a stronger and a more enhanced relationship between the Middle East and the United States.
What was your favorite MIS class?
My favorite MIS class was Sociology 791: Social Equity.
What is your current job and what are your primary responsibilities?
I currently work at an Education Consulting Firm called AnLar. I am a Project Manager and Technical Assistance Team Coordinator where I offer technical assistance support and project management for early childhood and education initiatives and come up with creative ways to keep the technical assistance team on track.
What role did MIS play in getting your job?
Before my consulting job, I worked at a Global Development and Education Nonprofit in DC. I supported community leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to strengthen their networks, collaborate on leadership initiatives, and develop their skills in order to contribute to their communities. My focus on US/Middle East Relations led me to a career in which I was doing just that. This opportunity helped open doors for me in the Washington, DC area and I was able to learn about new passions in education that I decided to pursue.
What educational and professional experience should someone interested in your position obtain?
Someone interested in my position should pursue a graduate level degree (specifically in education, sociology, psychology, public policy, management, or something similar) and have experience in project management and technical assistance.
What advice would you give to current MIS students?
Take a couple of classes that are outside of your concentration; you’ll find new passions and be well-rounded!