“COVID-19 cut my senior year short. While most of my activities and seasons were over, it pains me to know I never properly got to say goodbye to so many of my beloved teachers and friends. Moving on to college will feel incomplete knowing the last time I saw the people at my school, I didn’t realize it was our final meeting.”
Hassan held a spring internship with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our week was cut a day short, but on the last day we were there, my adviser at NIAID took us to the NIH main campus, where we got to see a 3D printed model of the trial COVID-19 vaccine, enlarged 10 million times. I also learned a lot, which really helped in dealing with all of this and understanding the true scale of the disease.”
Hassan competed in 11 events within Carbondale’s Speech and Debate team and plans to pursue degrees in business and music at Georgia State University in Atlanta.