“I love to learn anything for the sake of learning. It’s a quality that makes me open to trying anything new and once I like it, I continue with it, and give my utmost. It’s also a quality that makes me a great listener because I’m genuinely interested in what people have to offer.”
Salam is 23 and a customer support supervisor and a masters of science student in physiotherapy based in Halifax, NS. In her spare time she reads comics/ manga, face paints, and does karate (she has a first KYU Brown Belt in it.) Her proudest achievement is graduating with honours cum laude with a bachelors of science, as that’s something she achieved independently and cannot be taken away from her. She shared with me that her biggest challenge has been failing the medical college admission test (MCAT) many times. She continued, “I pride myself in my intellect and I have always seen positive results for my hard work, however, that didn’t follow through with the MCAT regardless of my methods of studying and hours of practice. I was ashamed to talk about it with anyone, because my grieving over this ended career path was not justified.” When I asked Salam how she would like to be perceived she told me, “intelligent, capable, but fun woman.” And then continued to say, “Honestly, often times I wish people would treat me as a man so that I don’t have to play the guessing game in my head. I have a habit of paying more attention to my thoughts and tasks I’m working on rather than the people around me. So, I don’t pick up on comments people give me as fast as others and I hate playing the guessing game of was that sexist? Was that flirting? Was that appropriate? Was that a compliment or insult? I find this to be a complete waste of my time and I sometimes wish people viewed me as a man to avoid it.”
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
"In an meaningful conversation with a close friend or family member."