El Harith Elsiddig

Why Stritch?
Good question. I really think it was a combination of factors that drove me to choose Stritch. First, my interviewers were INCREDIBLE. I loved every minute of my interviews and got a true sense of what the Stritch culture was about. Second, during the tour and lunch, I felt that the student guides and hosts exuded a type of attitude I hadn’t experienced at any other school. They were happy and they showed it. Third, the resources available here are almost overwhelming. The faculty goes above and beyond to make sure you have every tool to succeed as a student and future physician. Finally, the Gym – enough said.

Involvement in and out of School
I play a lot of sports and I enjoy competition. I compete in a couple of local soccer leagues in the southwest suburbs and I play pick-up basketball quite often as well. When I’m not studying or playing sports, I’m usually involved with the White House Interfaith Challenge through a non-profit startup my dad initiated. This involves getting together with other students of different faiths and cultures and collaborating on different community service projects whilst breaking down barriers, which may otherwise hinder our interaction.  In school I’m involved with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and particularly the HPREP program, which aims to empower high school students of color and assist them in their preparation for college and beyond.

Career Goals
To be quite honest, I don’t know what type of medical discipline I will pursue. What I do know, however, is that my interests are changing everyday through my experiences at Stritch and the hospital, and I look forward to finding an aspect of medicine that I truly love!