Nardin Derias was born in Cairo, Egypt and her family immigrated to the United States when she was a year old. She lived in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York before settling in Ocala, Florida. Nardin graduated cum laude from the University of Florida and majored in political science with a minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. As an undergraduate student, she served as an orientation leader, a Student Government Senator, and on several advisory boards as well as co-founded two student organizations. After working with Impact America, Nardin hopes to attend medical school and pursue a combined MD/JD degree program.

Who is someone you admire and why?

Someone I highly admire is my grandfather, even though I only get to see him every few years, he has taught me the importance of service and being compassionate. Even when he does not have much to give others, he always goes out of his way to help those in need. An electrical engineer by training, he is brilliant and I have always looked up to him and the example he sets.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people do not know that I speak fluent Arabic. I only lived in Egypt for a year of my life, but I grew up speaking the language at home. I also am a huge Elvis Presley fan, not many people know that either.