Citizen Diplomat Academy: Alia Baher Aboraya

Alia Baher Aboraya

6th of October City, Egypt

I am a few months shy of 20 years old. Two years ago, I graduated from an all-girls catholic school, where I learned values of discipline and tolerance, and to them I owe a great deal of my commitment to college.

I am currently a student at Cairo University majoring in Biotechnology/ Biomolecular Chemistry. It is my dream to one day get a master’s and PhD degrees in Nanomedicine; one of the promising fields in cancer treatment.

I have a belief that to every illness there is a cure, and I pray to God that one day I’ll be among those who find a cure to cancer or even aid in making it more tolerable for patients.

Why did you pursue international exchange?

I have always been interested in the American educational system, watching videos of college staff explaining science online was my go-to before any exam. As much as I benefit from the educational system here in Egypt, I am interested in exploring the differences between both learning methods.

“This program made me feel closer to students in the U.S., especially science students.

And it gives you hope that one day we can work together as a team. Anyone from any country, as long as they have the same goals and as long as they have understanding of one another.

We are going to achieve really great things.”

Top Ideas Learned

  • The 10 principles of dialogue definitely changed how I reply in situations of conflict or disagreement.
  • Learning about CAR T-Cell immunotherapy was very new and interesting to me. I hope to one day be among those who bring this
    therapy into Egypt, God willing.

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