Elham’s Story

Being a part of the 63rd edition of LIYSF was an honour for me, it grouped intelligent students from many countries around the globe and it was such a diverse forum to be a part of. It gives me pure nostalgia when I look back on the memories we’ve made in LIYSF and how this forum contributed to my perspective on STEM.

Some of the highlights at LIYSF for me that I would like to share with you are the days when we were practising for the “Traditions of Home” evening, my group and I were so excited to introduce our beautiful culture to the world, and that is what made the process of our final performance so thrilling.

Planning for our show!

My group and I ready for our Traditions of Home show!

Speaking of my group, I think that the forum wouldn’t have been the way it was without my great group members and our supervisors, Mr. Abdulrahman Alblooshi, Ms. Aisha Alhammadi, Mr. Amer Saleh and Ms. Haneen. It’s always better when you do something with people who are also willing to do it too it gives you the motive to keep going.

I really enjoyed my visit to Oxford since I’m a huge fan of this city. I got the chance to visit Oxford University and the Museum of Natural History. No words could ever describe the beauty that I saw within the walls of this museum.

The two-week forum was full of science and exploration, specifically exploring London. The schedule that was set up for us participants was smartly made and balanced, we never felt like we were doing so much of something, the specialist lectures, the scientific visits, and the principal lectures were all divided reasonably in our two-week schedule. It was always exciting to wake up every morning knowing that I’m going to learn something new today, something enlightening.

I entered my first day of the forum – the opening ceremony, with my full potential and excitement. I knew my favourite subject and I knew my specific interests, but I never thought that I would be so interested in things that I previously thought were boring! The way the lecturers presented their lecture or field of research was very straightforward, you can understand things that you never understood before, which allowed me to consider many other fields of science I have previously neglected. I got out of my comfort zone, and this is one of the biggest achievements I’ve done this year and I’m very glad about it.

The Imperial College of London during our tour

In the Royal Geographic Society (RGS), where we attended our Principal Lectures

Beautiful scenery from the Imperial College Café

Before attending LIYSF, I was expecting so many things as per our schedule however, during the forum, I realised how LIYSF had met my expectations and even more! I learned about so many things that I couldn’t imagine I would be able to learn about, I’ve met so many smart students and professors who influenced me and inspired me into the field of research in STEM. I’m currently studying for my bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, which is a passion of mine since I was a little kid. The inspiration LIYSF gave me is far away from what I was expecting, and now, I want to get into the field of research as a job! Which is something that I wouldn’t imagine myself doing in the future years ago.

It’s my duty to recommend this forum to every single student around the world, it’s an astonishing forum to be a part of and I am 100% certain that you will never regret it. The memories you’ll make at LIYSF will be carried alongside you forever.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s edition, the staff members, the students, the amazing lecturers, and the guests, all of us together gave value to the program and made it as successful as it was.

The Royal Albert Hall during our last memorable night

Elham Ebrahim Alhadhrami

From the United Arab Emirates


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