Student Life & Leadership Example

December 2018

Section 1

December 2018 - Ghadi Ghanem

An image of Ghadi Ghanem, December 2018 Spotlight winner.

Name: Ghadi Ghanem
"Live your life by a compass, not a clock."
: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA

Involvements at UCI:

Assistant Laboratory Manager, Waterman Lab - UCI Cancer Research Institute – Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (2017 - Current), “Peers Under Bio Sci” Mentor and Event Coordinator (2017 - Current), Bio Sci Mentor Program Mentee (2017 - Current), College Student Interest Group in Neurology, Vice President (2015 - Current), Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (2017 - Current), Medical Community at UCI - Founder, President (2017 - Current), UCI Outreach Clinic Volunteer (2017 - Current), UCIMC Emergency Department Undergraduate Study Coordinator (2017 - Current)

What are three words to describe yourself?

Charismatic, ambitious, jolly.

How have you grown as a leader during your time at UCI?

UCI has allowed me to find organizations I am passionate about – and given me the confidence and opportunity to take up a leadership position to help further the mission of the organization. This has fortified my sense of responsibility and ability to work with a motivated team of like-minded individuals. It has also allowed me to surround myself with friends that support me to go on to greater heights.

What would you say is your greatest strength? How have you utilized it to empower yourself?

My greatest strength is that I am highly driven and goal oriented. For many years, I have had my sights set at going to medical school - and have used this to motivate me to take leaps forward to achieve my goal and take up opportunities wherever they arise. This in turn has allowed me to gain leadership positions on campus, and in my research at the Emergency Department.

What is an obstacle that you have overcome as an undergraduate at UCI?

With all the commitments I have, time has often not been in my favor. Finding a balance between working as an assistant laboratory manager in the cancer research institute, research at the UCI Emergency Department, volunteering at free clinics, running multiple organizations, and maintaining a 3.95 GPA, it has been a difficult road to traverse. But I have learned to manage my time, and be efficient in everything I do – while still sparing time to have fun and spend time with family and friends.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?

Earlier this year, I was selected for the “Distinguished Anteater” scholarship by the UCI Alumni Association. This award was a culmination of all the things I have managed to achieve at UCI – and has served as motivation to push myself forward onto the next step, while reassuring me that all the sacrifices I have made have been worth it.

What are you passionate about? Do you see yourself doing something with this passion in the future?

I am passionate about advancing the field of medicine by improving patient care, reducing the incidence of disease or injury, and conducting research to explore new methods of diagnosing and treating diseases. I hope that as a future physician, I am able to incorporate these principles in my medical practice, while striving to continue my aspirations in research.

What is your life motto?

"Live your life by a compass, not a clock."

What is something that you have learned in college that you would like to share the other students at UCI?

From a young age, I was taught to lead by example – don’t tell others to do things, rather, empower them to walk alongside you.

What is something that you have learned in college that you would like to share the other students at UCI?

Make the most out of your time at college: get involved in clubs, research and extracurricular activities that you feel passionate about. These will all help shape you into the successful person you are destined to be!