Al Reem Al Beshr was on the phone with a friend she had met through NYUAD’s candidate weekend when they both got the email notification from NYUAD. They agreed to each read the emails simultaneously in silence.
“I got in!” erupted from both ends and there were no dry eyes between them. The next person Al Beshr told of her admissions to NYUAD was her grandfather. “Whenever I doubted myself during the application process, he was there along the way to encourage me.”
Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, some of Al Beshr’s favorite things to do are having a picnic on Saadiyat beach during sunset or sunrise and roaming the city to find little cafeteria gems.
The very first place Al Beshr will be exploring on campus is The Arts Center at NYUAD. “I’ve been attending The Arts Center events since I was in high school. To go now as a NYU Abu Dhabi student is so surreal,” the NYUAD Class of 2024 student added.
I've been attending The Arts Center events since I was in high school. To go now as a NYU Abu Dhabi student is so surreal.
Al Beshr is a triathlete who is glad to be representing Muslim women in this endurance sport. To being able to demystify the perception of Muslim women wearing a hijab while doing sports is important to her. Growing up, Al Beshr was always looking for “someone who looks like me,” she explained.
Tips to Preparing the Semester Ahead
With the virtual semester ahead, Al Beshr is excited to be studying and getting to know her classmates.
When school work begins to take a toll, Al Beshr is going to remind herself to take breaks often because Zoom fatigue is real. “Do your best but take care of your mental health.”