My name is Yassine Motaouakkil. I was born in Casablanca, Morocco on September 9th, 1996. I attended an American high school in Morocco most of my life. I then graduated in 2014 to go study Biology at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida in the hopes of then attending a medical school after my undergraduate studies. In addition to biology being my major field of study, I undertook other areas of study as minors such as chemistry and mathematics.
My classwork and subsequent laboratory work consisted mostly of STEM disciplines. To broaden my horizons, I shamelessly scoured the endless collection at my university library to become accounted with the social sciences and humanities. I was torn between the sciences and the more romantic fields, especially psychology. Around my senior year, I finally found, for the moment, what seems to me like the perfect intersection between my two halves: psychiatry. I am now currently taking a year off from school to take the required examinations and delve deeper into becoming a better candidate for medical schools through internships, literacy and other serendipitous events such as this one. Understanding the world will help me see my future patients beyond the biological.