Malakiya Abdussabur strives to be the change she wants to see in the world and also inspires her fellow classmates to do the same.
As student body president at John Marshall High School, Abdussabur serves the student population as a guide and role model for the type of student she would like to see. After being elected junior class president, when she became a senior she thought her school needed a change. Abdussabur said she wanted to change the mindsets of the students that attended her high school. “I wanted to help them improve themselves not just as a student but as a person morally,” Abdussabar said.
She tries to go to school with the best attitude, by being respectful of the teachers and staff to help her fellow students view education as important and crucial to their learning experience.
This position was not a popularity contest for Abdussabar. “The trust from my peers is not something given to me because of popularity; it is something I had to earn and maintain,” Abdussabur wrote in her personal essay. She says she earned this by being a good role model along with being a student that other students could look up to.
“I have known Malakiya for nearly three years and have found her to be an exemplary student, leader, and mentor to others,” Gleen L. Starnes II, assistant principal of John Marshall High School said.
Other than being student body president, Abdussabur is a member of Future Business leaders of America and a member of the National Business Honor Society. She also does community service with both organizations.
Abdussabur enjoys reading in her spare time and is a member of her school’s book club. She says books are her way of understanding other’s experiences while putting her life into perspective.
Abdussabur will be attending St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa. during the fall. She plans to major in biology while obtaining a minor in Spanish. Through a bachelors degree in biology, Abdussabur would like to obtain a masters in radiation therapy. Abdussabur has a strong interest in cancer research and would like to one day help cure the disease. Family experiences with cancer, Abdussabur says, is what motivates her to choose the career path of radiation therapist.
Although just a senior in high school, Abdussabur speaks like she is way beyond her years. Ultimately she wants to be a person who makes a difference in the lives of others.
“I really would like to see people have more compassion for one another,” Abdussabur said. “Just to see them want to help someone out of the kindness of their heart.”