- Fishers, IN
Mustafaa chose IU because it was just far enough away from home (but not too far!), and for the great opportunities to branch out of academics and pursue extracurricular activities like Model UN in a large and diverse student body. He is most looking forward to exploring his passions more deeply than he was able to in high school, whether this involves researching the brain or joining organizations such as the Muslim Student Association or Pakistani Student Association. Mustafaa will pursue a pre-med track with a major in neuroscience with the hopes of becoming a psychiatrist specializing in the impact of cultural and racial differences on mental health. Mustafaa is proud to have led his high school’s inaugural International Cultural Identity Festival and for getting his voice heard in staff equity meetings to fight for those both like and unlike himself. He looks forward to traveling and exploring any place known for its delicious cuisine, such as Italy or Japan. Mustafaa would like to thank his amma and abba for sacrificing everything when immigrating from Pakistan to the United States, where they raised their family in a post-9/11 America, all to give their children opportunities they never had. He is the fifth Scholar from Fishers High School and will hold the Al & Lynn Reichle scholarship.