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Lina Basheir


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Hello! My name is Lina Basheir and I was born in Finland but my parents are Sudanese. I am currently a freshman at Saint Joseph's University. My major is Health Sciences on a Pre-Physician Associate track. I am planning on becoming a surgical physician associate. My interests are activism, skiing, basketball, cooking, painting, and medicine. I am involved in clubs like Black Student Association, where I am the vice president, and Running Start where I am an ambassador. Also, I joined a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega.


Saint Joseph's University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:


    • Dream career goals:

    • Front Desk Attendant

      Saint Joseph's University Career Center
      2022 – Present2 years





    • Painting
    • Drawing

    Future Interests




    Entrepreneurship x Forever 21 Scholarship + Giveaway
    She Rose in STEAM Scholarship
    Since I was young, the healthcare field was fascinating me. I decided that one day I will get into the STEM field, to be a healthcare professional. I started watching medical-related shows when I was ten years old. I wasn’t the type of child who watched Disney, or Nickelodeon. Even to this day, I feel confused when my friends are having a discussion about a specific Disney show that I never watched. Whenever I opened the television, I scrolled through the channels to see if my favorite shows were streaming. These shows included House, Holby City, and Grey’s Anatomy. Even though most of the words used in these shows seemed complicated and long to me, I enjoyed watching operations and learning human anatomy. In 2011, my parents divorced due to multiple problems between them; manipulation, and control by my dad. Even though I heard them fighting many times, I never expected divorce to break my household. A lot changed after the divorce, where we stayed, how we went to school, and our lifestyle. It all felt strange. But the problems between my dad and mom didn’t stop. Continuous manipulation and obsessive control by my dad led to him murdering my mom in 2016. Another very unexpected event occurred. It was a shock to me when I heard what happened. I didn't think my dad would be capable of committing such a crime. To his ex-wife. The mother of his children. This traumatic experience didn't only change my life, but it changed me as a person. The way I acted, and thought about things, everything changed. I learned the values of life through this experience. If it weren't for my mom's strength and what she went through, I wouldn’t be this persevering and motivated in my studies. I wouldn’t be on top of my graduating class. I wouldn't be a first-generation student going into the STEM field. I wouldn't be many things. With my degree in Biomedical Sciences and studies in Physician Assistant school, I am aspiring to be a dedicated healthcare professional. Not many have the opportunity to receive such education as I do, and many in the U.S. are privileged to get. That is why I am going to use my higher education for a good cause, helping others around me. I want to make healthcare more accessible. Especially to women and immigrants. I remember when I had just moved to the United States and I didn't have any insurance. This had consequences on my health since I wasn’t able to go to the hospital or a clinic like people normally would. No one should be in such a state where they aren’t able to get proper healthcare because they don't have the money to pay for it. Especially in the U.S., where healthcare is pricey. I know how it feels to be one of these people, which is why I am ready to advocate and help in making a change in this problem in my community.