Reisher Scholar Zaynib Hassan
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

“My potential is only limited by the boundaries I set for myself”

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Reisher Scholar Zaynib Hassan has never been one to let life’s obstacles or challenges keep her from reaching her goals. Born and raised in Colorado, May 2017 marks a special time for Zaynib as she will be the first in her family to graduate from a 4-year university. Zaynib became a Reisher Scholar in 2014 and serves as UCCS’ Reisher Peer Advocate. She has excelled in her role and has been able to start to see her own potential for achievement. Zaynib says, “The Reisher Scholarship has [not only] allowed me to finish my bachelor’s degree but it has granted me the opportunity to meet amazing people, cultivate my strengths and improve upon my weaknesses, participate in unique experiences, and strive to meet my potential as an individual and contributing member of society.”

When Zaynib was a senior in high school she and her family endured personal tragedy when her father passed away from cancer after a two-year struggle. As a result of losing her father, and the glimpse into the medical field that she gained while he was sick, Zaynib made the decision to pursue a career in medicine so that she can be an advocate for patients. A Biology-Biomedical Sciences major, with a minor in Business Management, after she graduates from UCCS, Zaynib plans to attend The University of Colorado Anschutz to study Pharmacy in Fall 2017.

Zaynib attributes her success to the example her parents set and the support and encouragement she has continually received from her family. From a young age she was inspired by her parents’ willingness to always lend a hand and show kindness and compassion for others. As a result, throughout all of her professional and personal endeavors, Zaynib prides herself on maintaining strong relationships and personal character. During her time as a Reisher Scholar, Zaynib noted that the most important lesson she has learned is that balance is more important than perfection, “I have learned how to apply excellence to every priority I have while still tending to each of my very diverse interests and obligations…I never want my feet to leave the ground for the wrong reasons.”

Theme song: What do I know by Ed Sheeran
Favorite food: Potatoes (except the sweet ones)
Favorite quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling Favorite place you’ve traveled to: Stateside: Washington (state) Abroad: London

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