Q&A with Maria Alsubhi, Englewood High School graduate

Graduate looks back and to future


Alsubhi was involved in career and technical student organizations at Englewood High School, including Future Business Leaders of America. She’s also involved in theater in stage management. Alsubhi is part of an organization called YouthRoots that collects money for charity and became a youth commission member for Parks and Recreation for the City of Englewood. She is a recipient of the Boettcher Scholarship.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m going to the University of Colorado-Boulder to double-major physiology and business and minor in leadership. For now. I don’t expect to graduate with that. I definitely see myself studying abroad, so maybe that will have an impact.

What profession or career do you want to pursue?

I really would like to get a physician’s assistant degree because I would like to work in nonprofit health care, something like Doctors Without Borders. I want to work in a nonprofit clinic to help refugees of war in the Denver metro area. I hope it grows nationally … I want it to be as well known as the Red Cross.

What do you hope to accomplish in life?

Whenever I go home to the Middle East, there are refugees from Syria. They’re everywhere … Some of them are in wheelchairs because a bomb came in and tore their limbs off. Kids without arms — it’s horrible. We have universal health care in Saudi Arabia, so they get what they need, but it’s still hard because of the influx … You can’t turn a blind eye. You have to do something. I can’t end the wars — yet. But I can help those who managed to escape.

If I could do anything, it would be ...

Change the world. That’s my goal. It’s a bit big. I want to change the mindset that people have toward refugees and toward war. It’s kind of programmed into us. You can’t really go into war and kill someone without thinking of them as your enemy, as the other. I want to change that. If you make sure people think of each other as humans, they’re never going to kill each other. It’s really hard to kill someone you think of as equal to you.


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