After climbing the ladder of both responsibility and influence with TEDxYouth@AnnArbor, Mishaal Yazdani is ready to take the next step to the next level right next door.
The Skyline senior plans on attending the University of Michigan in the fall – but first let’s see what she’s been up to lately.
Yazdani was the youth curator (director) of Saturday’s TEDxYouth@AnnArbor at Skyline High School that featured student speakers from all over Ann Arbor. This was her fourth year being involved in this event that gives voice to the younger generation.
“This is my fourth year participating in TEDxYouth@AnnArbor,” says Yazdani. “I initially became involved in TEDxYouth@AnnArbor because I had family friends who were discussing giving a talk and I decided to join in with them during my first year of high school. During my freshman year, I gave a TEDx talk about the bridge of technology between developed and developing countries. My sophomore year, I mentored the speakers. During my junior year, I was the head of the speakers committee. Now, in my senior year I was the director and I organized the event with the help of my board.”
With Yazdani’s help, TEDxYouth@AnnArbor continues to grow and has become a highlight of the year for many students in the community.
“I am really proud of the accomplishments that we have had as an organization for TEDxYouth@AnnArbor,” she says. “We have grown in terms of our audience and we have reached out to so many people in the Ann Arbor community to educate them. I am really happy that I was able to stay in TEDx for my four years. It was so rewarding and I could not have asked for a better ending.”
With one ending, comes new beginnings. And Yazdani can’t wait to become a Wolverine.
“Growing up in Ann Arbor, I have seen how great our university is,” she says. “I have had my mind set on going to Michigan ever since I can remember. I was determined to work hard to be able to achieve my goal. I am so thankful that I will have the opportunity to attend the University of Michigan.
“I am so excited to be on campus, meet people, and work hard in my studies. I hope to go on a pre-med track, possibly majoring in neuroscience or biology.”
Yazdani will serve up her fourth season on the Skyline tennis team in the spring. Her schedule also includes other volunteer work.
“Throughout my four years, I have been a part of the student council, Red Cross club, and I tutored students at Kumon for four years,” she said. “I also am a research volunteer at a lab on campus.”