An 18 year old girl named Aya Osman survives cancer and won a full scholarship to New York University. She is set to study Neurology.
Aya Osman is an African American student from Orange Park, Florida. She graduated with top honors from high school and was awarded a full scholarship to New York University.
Osman has nurtured a passion for neurology from the young age of 12 and has always wanted to achieve her dream of becoming a neurologist. However, her diagnosis of cancer almost put her dream on hold, but Aya remained persistent and chose not to dwell on the circumstances, instead, she adopted a step-by-step approach to life and focused on the present moment.
In order to get rid of the tumor in her arm, Aya underwent a severe treatment that took her six months of chemotherapy sessions and was scheduled for every three weeks, with each session followed by a three-day hospital stay.
Despite the excessive time of her treatment, she gave no room for cancer to dictate her life’s journey, rather she engaged in schoolwork and other activities as a form of distraction while in the hospital bed
“It helped to distract yourself, and no matter what it may be, whether it was piano or schoolwork, It definitely helps curb the side effects of such a great diagnosis. It helps keep put your mind at ease and keeps you focused about something else,’’ she said.
Throughout her treatment, her mother brought her laptop to the hospital, ensuring she could keep up with her studies and Aya diligently maintained her International Bachelor’s degree schedule while the doctors monitored her health progress.
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“I did everything on my laptop, so you know, I was laying down on my hospital bed and the nurses would come in checking heart rate, checking my temperature and whatnot, while I would be rushing to finish an essay for IB history or English or having the distraction of schoolwork, to be able to focus on something else really helped,” Aya said.
Her dedication and tireless efforts yielded remarkable results as she graduated with the highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) from Ridgeview High School with an impressive Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.77.
Aya’s exceptional achievements and perseverance caught the attention of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charitable organization committed to providing financial and emotional support to children battling cancer. She was granted a full scholarship to pursue her higher education at New York University in the united states.
Aya is now cancer-free and two years into remission, she is eager to pursue a major in biology at New York University with the scholarship she was awarded.