Rewan Abdelwahab's Studies and Interests Have Taken Her Around the World

May 20, 2020
Rewan Abdelwahab in Egypt

Rewan Abdelwahab, Integrative Biology (IB) concentrator in OEB, says the four trips to five countries during her years at Harvard helped define and shape who she is.

As a first-year student, Rewan visited Santiago, Chile where she was immersed in the Spanish language and learned about health care and education in the country, often working with students from local schools. During her sophomore year, she traveled to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia to learn about Islamic history and culture. The summer before her junior year, she was in Istanbul and Alexandria, Egypt, for public health internships. In Alexandria, where Abdelwahab was born, she worked at a local health clinic and helped set up electronic medical records for doctors. This January, she visited three Japanese cities as part of a leadership program.

In addition to her IB concentration in OEB, Rewan has a secondary concentration in the humanities in two languages, Spanish and Somali. In 2019 she was presented the Spirit of Harvard College Award by the Dean of Students Office. The award is presented to students who have shown a commitment to the ideals articulated in the mission of Harvard College. After graduation, Rewan will be headed to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, where she will combine her interests in medicine and public policy. We wish Rewan the best of luck!  The Harvard Gazette