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Aala Nasir

Holman Middle School & Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, expected 2022

What did you gain in TSA?

My six years in TSA played an integral role in shaping me into the individual I am today. Not only did I meet some of my lifelong friends, I also gained opportunities to explore different STEM fields through competitive events, and grow my leadership skills through serving as Virginia TSA parliamentarian and as national TSA reporter, then national TSA president. I also networked with like-minded individuals from across the country and around the globe. While it was difficult to see my time as a member come to an end—I left TSA confident that I would continue to use the knowledge and skills that were fostered during my time in the organization.

What advice do you have for current TSA members?

Compete in an event in which you never thought about competing. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, because you never truly know what you might like or dislike until you try it. I discovered my interest in biomedical engineering through competing in Medical Technology in middle school and Biotechnology Design in high school. Also, I would recommend that members run for office. It is one of the most enriching experiences and will equip you with leadership skills that you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

In terms of my career plans, I hope to become a physician and provide access to medical care in underserved communities, perhaps overseas.