Penn World Scholars Class of 2020

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Nigeria
Simisola Afolayan

Academic areas of interest: Economics, Law, & International relations.

Activities and interests:I am interested in politics and learning languages and I have a lingering regard for bread as I believe it should be an international symbol of peace.

Future Plans: So far, I do not have exact career plans but I find that I might be well suited for a career in Journalism, Economics, Law or International relations. 

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Mauritius
Priya Bhirgoo

Academic areas of interest: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Entrepreneurship.

Activities and interests: Model United Nations, community service, traveling, hiking, dancing, reading and movies.

Future plans: Improve healthcare through research, set up my own research firm and contribute to the future development of my country.

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Romania
Catalina Dragoi

Academic Areas of Interest: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, International Relations, Anthropology

Activities and interests: Debating (Mostly within the European Youth Parliament), traveling, writing, reading, listening to music, going to concerts, watching movies, taking photographs, and meeting new people.

Future Plans: Ideally, I would like to work in the UN or NATO, and contribute in one way or another to getting this world as close to universal peace as possible.

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Jamaica
Jamaal Hay

Academic Areas of Interest: Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence

Activities and interests: Student Government, Golf, Tennis, Public Speaking, Drama

Future Plans: Ideally I wish to work at a company such as Google, Microsoft, or Apple after graduation, or any company which does work in robotics.

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El Salvador
Santiago Herrera

Academic Areas of Interest: Finance, entrepreneurship, economics, global analysis, and philosophy.

Activities and interests: Sports, community service, student council, debate, reading, learning, traveling, and trying new foods.

Future plans: Investment banking, start a business, promote economic advancement in under developed nations, and explore the world.

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Kenya
Sylvia Kimwei

Academic Areas of Interest: Nursing Science, Chemistry, Education, and Psychology

Activities and interests: Classical movies, reading novels, and napping.

Future Plans: To be a nurse and start a mental health hospital in Kenya. 

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Croatia
Marko Lamza

Academic areas of interest: Mathematics, finance, and entrepreneurship

Activities and interests: I love public speaking, lacrosse, and traveling.

Future Plans: I plan to start a podcast and teach people how to make money off of something they love.

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Turkey
Halil Memoglu

Academic areas of interest: Computer Science, electrical engineering, business/entrepreneurship, computational linguistics, nanotechnology, mathematics, product design, artificial intelligence.

Activities and Interests: Basketball, soccer, reading, literature, entrepreneurship, global politics, linguistics, design, debate, visual art, fiction writing, programming, puzzles, and robotics.

Future Plans: For the most part, I am an inventor and a storyteller. In the future, I hope to go on being a better inventor and a better storyteller. I will explore what it takes to support and realize the dreams of a world.

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Pakistan
Khizrah Naveed

Academic areas of interest: Chemistry and Mathematics

Activities and interests: Parliamentary debates and  public speaking,

Future plans: Continuing public speaking at Penn and to join other student clubs.

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Vietnam
Hai Nguyen

Academic areas of interest: Entrepreneurship, History, Finance

Activities and interests: Travelling to see what's happening in the world with my real eyes and then writing about it, soccer, swimming, and starting small businesses.

Future plans: I want to keep traveling to explore current problems around the world, particularly the current immigration and education problems; by my own eyes. I also want to build a business of my own, a restaurant or food shop in particular. I also want to try a career in finance or management as well. Generally, I am very open to new things.

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Iraq
Abdullah Noaman

Academic areas of interest: Physics, quantum physics, math, number theory, philosophy, political science, economics, and business.

Activities and Interests: Scientific research, student government, community service, intercultural communication, publication, and weight lifting.

Future Plans: I aspire to pursue research in physics, specifically in quantum phenomena, and to initiate and participate in ultimate or otherwise constructive solutions to problems in the Middle East.

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Syria
Mohammad Oulabi

Academic areas of interest: Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Philosophy, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematical Logic, and Entrepreneurship.

Activities and interests: Debate, MUN, dry humor, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Future Plans: I plan to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist. I then plan to devote much of my time and effort in helping people in developing countries access basic mental health services and combat mental health stigma. Alternative career plans include a career in artificial intelligence.

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India
Arundhati Singh

Academic areas of interest: Everything

Activities and Interests: Reading, debate, film, technology, philosophy.