Mohammad is a senior at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Virginia.
Q: What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?
A: Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me. It opens opportunities that weren’t previously available. I will not have to think as much about the money when making my college choice, allowing me to pursue what I want without restraints or restructurations.
Q: Is there someone in your life that has inspired you to achieve your goals?
A: If I had to pick one, I would pick my father. He came to the United States as an immigrant a while back. We have a “standard” immigrant story, but to me it is special because it is me and my father. He sacrificed a lot and I know he worked hard. Seeing how hard he worked has inspired me to work even harder, so I can help take care of him and my mom.
Q: What are you passionate about? What do you do in your free time?
A: My biggest hobby is reading. I love anything I can get my hands on. I also enjoy working out, specifically running, lifting, and yoga. School wise, I did wrestling and track. I also like being with my friends.
Q: Where will you be attending college next year?
A: University of Virginia!
Q: How has the last year reshaped or reaffirmed your views on your future?
A: I tend to stress a lot about the future. A lot of my time and energy went into thinking about the future. I realized that no matter how much you plan, things are ultimately out of your control. You can do the best you can now, but you must leave the rest up to God or whatever higher power you believe in. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals, but things may get in the way.
Q: Have you decided on a major? If so, do you have any specific career plans?
A: I haven’t decided specifically yet but want to go towards something in Mathematics. I have considered Computer Science, Data Science, and Economics.
Q: What advice would you give younger students facing similar challenges as you?
A: I would just say just keep pushing through. Don’t worry so much about the small stuff, but focus on your goals and do the best you can. Always put 100% into what you do.
Q: What do you consider your strongest character trait?
A: My determination or tenacity. When I’m extremely set on something, I don’t let anything stop me from getting there.
Q: Do you feel that overcoming an obstacle, like you have, has changed you? What lessons have you learned along the way?
A: Yes, of course. No one can go through an obstacle without changing. If you’re making a sword, you must heat it, freeze it, and finally hammer it to make it sharp. Life is that way too. There’s a reason for everything even if you can’t see why some things are happening. Sometimes you have to get through the hard times to get to a better place.