Meet the 2013-2014 Board
Languages: Arabic and French
Major: Public Policy and Economics
Languages: Urdu, Hindi, some French & Punjabi
Hey guys and welcome to the lovely University of Virginia! My name is Donia Attia and I am a rising third year. I am so excited to be a part of the Middle Eastern Mentoring Program’s executive team for the 2013-2014 academic year! I was born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, a town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am proudly of 100% Egyptian descent and am very dedicated to staying connected to my culture and visiting the motherland as often as I can. I enjoy staying active and playing outside and particularly love tennis, soccer, and skiing in the wintertime. In my free time I like to read, watch movies, sketch, bake, and experiment with all kinds of craft-making. I am also extremely passionate about music as I play the piano and sing and love exploring new, independent artists. Being involved with the vast and prominent Middle Eastern community here at UVa has been an amazing and highly beneficial experience thus far. MEMP has introduced me to a set of awesome people that are unique and diverse yet share a surprising number of similarities. It gave me the chance to meet my amazing mentor from first year and my current mentee who are now two of my greatest friends. I look forward to meeting all of you next year! Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Greetings Middle Eastern Wahoos!!! My name is Shohreh Kahhal. I am a proudly Iranian rising second year student at UVA. I was born in Tehran and lived there for thirteen years, after which I immigrated to America. As you might have guessed if you speak Farsi, my name translates into Famous Eye Doctor. And, Yes. I do want to become a doctor, but gladly neither my culture nor the meaning of my name has anything to do with this. I simply am passionate about and enjoy helping others. As a first year student, I felt overwhelmed and lost at times both socially and academically. However, despite all these difficulties which a lot of first year students experience, I managed to reach out for the numerous resources that were available to me. As a member of the exec board, my goal is to provide you with all the resources and support that you need. I also want you to have fun and develop new relationships. So, please, please, please reach out to us and ask for any type of help or advice you might need. Keep in mind that we are here to help you have a memorable first year experience. Let’s make it happen!!! Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Ayesha Arshad and I am third year double majoring in Public Policy and Economics. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Va…whooo go NOVA, but both my parents are originally from Pakistan. I love playing sports like volleyball and basketball, eating different cuisines, shopping, baking, and being sarcastic. I am a pretty loud person once you get to know me and I am always down to try something new. At UVA I am the Publicity and Outreach share for Spread the Love, Minister of Community Operations at the International Residential College, and most importantly on MEMP Exec Board. I joined the MEMP Exec Board because I wanted to make sure you guys have someone you can always come to whenever you have questions or need advice on anything. Adjusting to UVA as a first year can kind of be overwhelming but hopefully MEMP can help guide you and ease your transition into the University.