Egypt's Top Thanawiya Amma Student Reflects on One Year as an Engineering Student at AUC


Do you remember Nada Hussein Habib, Egypt's top thanawiya amma student in 2018 who was offered a full scholarship by President Francis Ricciardone when she said in the media that her dream is to attend AUC. 

News@AUC spoke with Habib, who is now studying electronics and communications engineering at AUC, as she reflects on her first year at the University.

Why did you decide to change majors from physics to electronics and communications engineering? 

I changed majors for two main reasons: First, I discovered that I don't wanna do research for most of my career. I wanted something like engineering that can be applied and has many specialties. Second, I chose electronics because it has the most diverse concentrations and job options. I know I get bored sometimes and I need change, so this would allow me to shift careers in the future. 

What are your goals in the field of electronics and communications engineering?

Electronics is so diverse, and this is only my second year — so I still haven't decided what to specialize in. Based on that, I'll set my goals. 

What activities have you joined or wish to join at the University? Why? 

I joined the Robotix Club, Help Club and Astronomy Club. I want to join the Electronics and Communications Engineering Association next semester. 

How do you see yourself five years from now? 

In five years, I want to be working in a reputable company and pursuing my master's degree. 

What do you like most about AUC? 

I like that it's flexible to change majors and take a double major and minor

Favorite movie

I like a lot of movies and books, so I don't know if I'm being fair to say Interstellar.

Favorite book

Harry Potter

Favorite music

Rock and classics like Umm Kalthoum

Favorite activity

Traveling and swimming

Your hero/role model

I don't have a role model. I don't believe that anyone should actually. We don't imitate anyone to be successful. We can create our own version of success.

Greatest inspiration

My inspiration is seeing my loved ones proud and happy that I accomplished something.

Fun fact about you or something people don’t know about you

I'm very sarcastic. I don't like being serious and, because of that, I'm really bad at giving advice because people take things too seriously and expect me to do the same.

What problem do you wish to solve in the world? 

There are so many problems that I wish to solve  poverty for example. But currently, I wish to solve the plastic problem.