Student Profile: Zahra Hussain
With a passion for people and problem-solving, Zahra Hussain’s symptoms can only mean one thing: a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. She says she has known she wanted to pursue this career path since she was 4 years old.
“My dad is a doctor, and so is everyone else in my family: aunts, uncles, cousins,” she says. “Growing up in that atmosphere, it was easy to figure out that it was what I wanted to do as well.”
Zahra Hussain ’13
Alma College’s integrative physiology and health science program is helping Hussain examine her dream more closely. She says she chose this as her major knowing that it would prepare her for medical school. The professors are a bonus.
“Once you get to know the IPHS professors, there’s no intimidation,” she says. “They’re so fun, so outgoing, and so helpful—whether it’s about class, research or big questions about life.”
But Hussain doesn’t limit her love of people to Alma. She’s hoping a Posey Global Fellowship will give her the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage and hospital outside of the United States. She also has other international aspirations.
“Once I become a physician, I want to travel to Pakistan and help promote health awareness and provide medical care,” she says. “I’m Pakistani, so it’s very important for me to give back to the country and the people there.”