My name is Samira Baraki, and I am a Biology/Pre-Medicine major. As a junior at this wonderful university, I have become very well rounded in my understanding of the diverse community at Loyola. My understanding is rooted in my positions on the executive boards on many organizations dealing with minorities such as the African Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine and the International Learning Community. My commitments to these organizations have given me a new understanding of different cultures and I will be forever indebted to these groups for the awareness that I have been granted. I want to spread the understanding these organizations have given me to the students of Loyola who have not been as privileged as I have to be involved in these groups. Along with serving my school, I try to serve my community as well. There are many ways to serve the community in ways that go unrecognized. I serve my country by being active in organizations, volunteering with patients at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital and tutoring elementary students at the Indo-American Center. I believe that I will be an excellent Senior Representative because I have spent all of my middle and high school years on the executive board of Student Government. Serving my school and representing my peers, especially minorities, has always been a huge part of my life and I have carried my deeply rooted passions to Loyola. As a lot of students at this University know, being a Biology major pursuing pre-Med, the workload is intense. Something I have mastered, after much dedication, in the three years I have spent at this university is the perfect balance between my academics and my extra-curricular activities. As I come to approach the end of my third year, I have come to realize how blessed I am to be here. My love and appreciation for this institution has come a long way, and I would love to turn this into a positive effort, and the most effective way to do this is becoming a Senior representative. I want to serve the school just as it has served me. Being a first-generation American, I am very blessed to have this experience, and am determined to share my experience with my peers. I hope to do this by working with academic affairs, allocations, diversity, and safety and wellness.