Student Life & Leadership Example

November 2020

Section 1

November 2020 - Sarah Alkhatib

An image of Sarah Alkhatib, November 2020 Spotlight winner.

Name: Sarah Alkhatib
Year: 1st Year MPH Candidate
Major: Public Health with an emphasis is Epidemeology
Hometown: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Hobbies: Travel, Cooking/Baking, Basketball, Learning new languages, Photography, Going to the beach!
Favorite Quote:

“The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment."

Involvements at UCI:


  • Peers Under Biological Sciences - Peer Mentor (2019-2020)
  • University Studies 1 - Discussion Leader (2019-2020)
  • ASUCI - Student Services Chief of Staff (2019-2020)
  • ASUCI - Student Services, Campus Spirit Commissioner (2018-2019)
  • ASUCI - Student Services, Campus Outreach Intern (2017-2018)
  • Biology Education Research Lab - UROP Fellow (2018-2020)
  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions - Student Assistant & International Ambassador (2017-2020)
  • Biology 2A - Teaching Assistant (2018)
  • Public Health Association - Club Member (2017-2020)
  • Bio Sci EASE Program (2016-2017)


  • AGS - Chief of Staff (Present)
  • Student Fee Advisory Committee - Vice Chair (Present)
  • Public Health 1 - Class Reader (Present)

What has been the most fulfilling experience you have had in a leadership role?

The most fulfilling experience I had was being Chief of Staff of ASUCI during my undergraduate senior year. This involvement in student government provided me with the foundation to further network and become more involved in and proud of my campus. I worked with some of the best people I know, made great friends, and achieved memorable accomplishments such as hosting campus-wide events like APAD, Homecoming Week, and Summerlands. It was extremely rewarding seeing all our ideas and hard work come to life!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am most proud of continuing my studies at UCI, and being accepted into their MPH program. I am passionate about research, public health, and academia, just as much as I am proud to be an Anteater! I am ecstatic to be back and look forward to making more memories, friends, and positive impacts on campus and with my studies.

Who is your role model at UCI? How have they impacted you?

I continuously look up to all those who have believed in me and given me the opportunities I am fortunate to have been part of. Notably, I am thankful for the guidance and mentorship of my ASUCI commissioner and VP Dilraj Toor, AGS President and SFAC Chair Connor Strobel, Dr. Pavan Kadandale, Pimjai Santatiwat, and Bianca Angeles. Additionally, all my friends who I met at UCI continue to inspire me with their dedication and ambition - I couldn’t have been where I am without them!

Everyone experiences some form of failure in their life, how have you dealt with it?

During my toughest times, I always resort to my faith and my family. When faced with failure, I try to keep a positive mindset, learn from my mistakes, and adjust accordingly. Although it can get really hard sometimes, the resilience of my parents and brothers reminds me to keep going because with everything I do, I hope to make them proud.

What advice would you give to your first year self?

I would tell my shy freshman self to not be afraid to dip my toes in any and everything! I wish I had joined all my involvements earlier so I could have more time in them and meet even more amazing people at UCI. I would be cautious to not spread myself too thin, but also be committed to the involvements I feel most match my passions and interests.