Grateful Tiger Conversation: Mehamed Abdi

Mehamed Abdi

Mehamed Abdi
Medical School Development Gifts Fund
First-year student
St. Louis

Q: How has receiving this scholarship assisted in your education?

A: As a first-generation medical student, I was unsure how I could afford tuition, which worried me during the application process. When I found out that I was selected to receive this scholarship, I was ecstatic. Not only has this scholarship reduced the total amount of student loans that I will be taking out, but it also has motivated me to do my best and shows that there are generous people out there willing to help and inspire students.

Q: What are your career goals and future plans?

A: As of right now, I am open to pursuing any specialty that captivates my interest in the next four years. Whatever career path that life leads me to, I plan on dedicating most of my time working with the underserved population in my community and beyond.

Q: What are your extracurricular activities and hobbies?

A: I am both the co-founder and one of the executive board members for Missouri Young African Professionals (MOYAP), a nonprofit founded in 2018. OYAP's goal is to connect first-generation immigrants and refugee students in the St. Louis area with mentors, educational programs and vital resources. So far, we have helped nearly 100 high school students by creating a mentorship program and organizing college tours and networking events. I have learned the importance of having mentors and expanding resources for the underserved community to help students navigate the college application process and hope to continue working with the organizations during my medical career. Furthermore, I worked as a patient liaison during my undergraduate education and hope to work at the MedZou clinic soon. Some of my hobbies include watching and playing soccer, reading, video games and playing pool.

Q: What else can you tell us about yourself?

A: One of the most influential factors in my decision to attend the MU School of Medicine is the communication I received from Mizzou faculty, especially Mr. Robin Clay. I knew that coming to Mizzou would be a great experience during my online and in-person visit and the interactions I had with students and faculty. Furthermore, as someone who enjoys small group discussions, the patient-based learning curriculum is another factor that helped me in my decision.

Q: What message would you like to send to your scholarship sponsor?

A: By giving me this scholarship, you have reduced my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of medical school: learning. Your kindness has inspired me to pay it forward and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to support students achieving their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you again for your generosity.

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