From a young age, I have been interested in aquatic life and I first decided to be a marine biologist at age 14. Living on the coast has been a major advantage for this ambition. I was able to familiarize myself with the rocky shore environment and could often be found exploring rock pools. In addition to my admiration of coastal habitat, I have kept many aquariums. I have cultured cold water, tropical tanks, and semi-aquatic terrariums for over twelve years. Through this, I have learned the basics of caring for aquatic organisms. Additionally I have been able familiarize myself with their biology and the physical environment they dwell in. This has only made my interest stronger. Through keeping aquariums, I gained a strong interest in disease and pathogens following some unfortunate outbreaks. This gave me basic knowledge of how to evaluate the clinical signs observed in an animal and diagnose the problem. Through research I was able to choose a suitable treatment. Afterwards I would often read up on how different pathogens infect an organism, along with the physiology of different parasites. I majored in microbiology at Umm-al Qura University. There my interest in aquatic pathobiology grew, thanks to the lectures on the subject and through practical work. It was at this point that I knew I wanted to specialize in aquatic pathobiology. I decided to further my education at the University of Miami, majoring in aquaculture. There I was able to enhance my experience and knowledge on aquaculture even further. I gained knowledge about high market value species such as Cobia, Mahi-mahi, Florida pompano, Nassau grouper and Japanese flounder. Working on my project, I learned the advantages and disadvantages of multiple systems, including RAS and flow-through. I observed all portions of the life cycle from spawning, larval rearing, weaning and broodstock. In all life stages, disease is a constant factor. It is able to infiltrate any system and must be addressed accordingly. The reason I am choosing to continue my studies at the University of Maryland is that I have enjoyed my time during undergraduate and graduate studies. I know first-hand how good the staff and facilities are, both in the department and in the university as a whole. I am also aware that the Institute of IMET is one of the most reputable and respected institutes of its kind and it would be an honor to continue on to postgraduate study there. I feel that past experiences have given me the skills necessary for postgraduate study. I am very dedicated and prepared to put time into the course work as well as my project. I am confident I can express such commitment and time management in this project as I do in everyday life. In my previous work, I have found I can work equally well in both team and individual environments. I am also responsible and can work in a leadership role, which I feel is advantageous for postgraduate study. I am happy to take initiative and get work done without avoiding my responsibilities. In terms of my aspirations, I am interested in developing virology vaccines and would eventually like to work on diagnosing disease and preventing outbreaks for both wild and captive populations. I feel that, in the future, I would most like to work as an academic doctor for a university. It is my goal to improve the health of aquatic animals for both aquaculture and natural systems. It is my hope that this program will help me to achieve this goal.