Have you really been to 50 different countries?
I have been an avid traveller my whole life and privileged to explore every continent, often in my adult life on my own. I was born in Canada but raised in Yemen. I travelled a lot with my family in my early years to less mainstream tourist destinations, such as Saudi Arabia. It was from there that the travel bug bit me and my love for travel has led me to 50 countries with plenty more I am still eager to explore.
Why did you choose to study Public Health and why by distance learning?
My path into public health has been a windy one. With the many routes I’ve taken the pattern emerged only once I was able to reflect on the whole journey and the new path I'm on. A few years ago, I didn’t know public health was a field, let alone a career choice I would pursue. At a young age I lost several close family members, including my mother, which made me determined to dedicate my life to a field I could be passionate about and fulfilled by. But this experience also left me feeling lost in where to begin to answer this question as a new adult.
After finishing my Psychology degree, I knew some answers to this puzzle, including that I needed to be equipped with meaningful technical skills to positively impact and help others. I decided the best course of action was to immerse myself in a multitude of fields to gain invaluable life experiences, travel the world and ultimately to learn about myself and find my dream career.
I experimented in various fields and countries spanning from social work in New Zealand, makeup artistry in Australia, teaching in Japan, to a business analyst in Canada. When I reconvened in sharing my experiences with one of my best friends, an alumna of LSHTM, she eagerly told me about her research and work on global infectious disease projects and what an impact it had on those people and their communities. Suddenly, my next steps for my career seemed very clear.