Born in Palestine, Yara Asad moved to America at a young age and has spent the majority of her years living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University and majored in international affairs. As an undergrad at Florida State, she was involved in many organizations including the Middle East Outreach Program that concentrated on helping local students learn about the different cultures in the region and to give them a basic understanding of the Arabic language. After serving with Impact, she hopes to pursue her education focusing on human rights law.

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

Every five years growing up my parents would move our family back to Palestine to spend a school year overseas. I got the opportunity to experience elementary, middle, and high school in both Palestine and America.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

One of my most meaningful service experiences as a student at Florida State University was having the opportunity to accompany the International Rescue Committee to pick up a Syrian refugee family and help settle them in a new home. As a translator, I was able to help and comfort a family that had faced many hardships and obstacles to come to America and give their five children a better and safer life. Oftentimes, it is hard to watch the news and feel helpless about what is going on in the world but in that moment I was able to do my part by helping to welcome them to this country and start to adjust to their new beginning.