Asyaa Mohamed

AsyaaMohammed2What education have you taken?

I am currently in my final year of a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree. I will be graduating with a major in chemistry and a minor in physics.

What are your accomplishments?

During the start of the Libyan revolution in 2011, there was a mass media blackout enforced by the occupying government. Because I grew up in Libya and had family living there, the events of that period affected me personally. I became a member of the Libyan Youth Movement, or Shabab Libya in Arabic. While there was, and still is, controversy surrounding the revolution, the movement’s main purpose was to give a voice to the Libyan people inside Libya who had none. Through the movement, I had the chance to meet and talk to many amazing people from around the world who continue to inspire me to this day. One of these people is Mohammed Nabbous, who gave his life away for the revolution, but his words and actions still resonate in the minds and hearts of many.

Tell us about yourself

I am the eldest of four siblings and was born and grew up on a farm in Libya. When I was 6, my family moved to Canada and I’ve continued to live here the majority of my life. I love reading and the great outdoors.

When did I become interested in your field of study?

I grew up in a very science-oriented family (dad is a doctor and mom is a nurse). I’ve always loved science since I was a child. During high school, I really enjoyed learning about chemistry and decided to major in the subject.

What is your philosophy in life?

I try to not take life too seriously, but at the same time take it seriously enough. I think it’s important to have a balance of everything. I also think it’s equally important to just simply try.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

Hopefully doing something I love! I hope I am in a position where I am constantly learning and gaining knowledge. I try not to dwell too much on the future and take opportunities as they come. I hope to someday travel and see this beautiful planet we live on.

Nominator’s Comments

Asyaa is a very good student.  As well, she has succeeded through very difficult personal circumstances.  Her family was trapped in Libya during the troubles a couple of years ago.