Your name: Mariam Goreish
Your home town: Conyers, Georgia
Your major(s): Biology major/Global Health minor
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
Conversational Arabic (Sudanese dialect)
What are your career plans? I’m planning on going to medical school and practicing as a physician.
What is your favorite book or author and why? The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The story is told from the perspective of an American family who travel to Africa in the 1950s on a mission to evangelize a small Congolese village during Belgian rule. As someone from that identifies as African, I have always been fascinated by the means and consequences of Western imperialism in Africa. This novel gave me a different perspective on this in Africa by highlighting the role of religion and American exceptionalism in imperialism.
What is your favorite word? Equilibrium
Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: The first essay I wrote for my AP English Language and Composition class was returned to me heavily marked with red pen. The word “FAT” was written in all capital letters several times throughout the paper. My teacher emphasized the importance of concise writing by describing unnecessary adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, etc. as “FAT.” She made our class go through our essays and restructure our sentences to eliminate the “FAT,” resulting in a significantly lower word count and better flow.