Hannah Mirzakhani

Canton, OH, United States

About Hannah

Bio

I graduated from Hiram College May of 2011 with a degree in Psychology and minor in Biology. I will be taking science classes in fall of 2011 and studying for the MCAT in order to pursue medical school sometime in the future. I am keen on learning any new skill in any field as I feel that learning will only make me a better person. I hope to go to medical school in the specialty of either Oncology or International clinics, such as Doctors Without Borders. Currently I am interning at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, OH with the 4th Angel Mentoring Project as well as conducting an independent research project testing the learning abilities of rats concerning sequences and the effects of drugs on their capability of learning sequences.

I'm passionate about

Finding the causes of brain cancer and potentially finding treatments that do more good than ones that are available.

Universities

Hiram College

Talk to me about

My story. My passion for medicine. Really I'm just a good listener, so we can talk about anything.

My TED story

Both of my parents died of cancer. The battle I watched each of them personally go through and the effects it has had on me and my goals in life have been extraordinary. I watched my father beat a three month death sentence with brain cancer, only to be brought down by leukemia caused by the treatment that saved him. I found my mother after her stroke, only to have her deteriorate in the next five months from a rapidly growing brain tumor. Becoming a caregiver for one's parents really has changed my view of the child-parent dynamics and also has opened the door on patient-doctor relationship and just how much one should put into caring for their patient. My story is one of being strong and growing up in a period of my life where I needed my parents the most. My story would expand on how the when the roles changed, I learned more about myself than anything else.

Comments & conversations

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Hannah Mirzakhani
Posted about 3 years ago
Our modern societies still need feminism
This topic seems to be a hot issue with many people, but there is one thing I would like to bring up (and I fear the response ha-ha). I've been reading the comments, and there have been some talking about women being objectified and the need to say no to how some of our culture displays us. Yes, vast improvements have happened with equality and such, but aesthetically, women are still being degraded. Even in subtle ways, like intense airbrushing used in magazines that just crush self esteem and drive women to become something that only a computer can create. Then there is the in your face degredation, seen most notably in some rap video/lyrics/etc. Half naked women walking around, dancing sexually, standing by men who sing about how they are going to take them home or just bang them where ever they please. Now I understand young adult/full grown women may be able to tell right from wrong and live their own productive lives, but my concern goes towards the younger generations who are oversaturated with an image of women being physically perfect, sexually pleasing, and being hardcore partyers. What we need are role models (successful business women, doctors, lawyers, etc) to be put in the spotlight as well as body images that allow younger childeren to see that all body types are acceptable and that what is seen in the magazines, music videos, movies isn't always true. (This is why I love the Dove commercials about beauty and body images).
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Hannah Mirzakhani
Posted about 3 years ago
Is Facebook a proverbial purgatory for teens and adolescents?
There is an addiction factor to Facebook, however, with the evolution of technology combined with our need to know, it cannot be avoided. In the old days, people would keep up with each other through letters and gossip. It moved on to telephones, email, texting, and now social networks. We constantly want to know whats happening, what is the latest trend, who's dating who, and so on. We no longer have the ability to discover this information face to face as our main way of communication has evolved to an electronic, and disassociating, level. This is extremely unfortunate and is having consequences during social interactions at work, social life, etc. Due to the addiction of the technological social networking, are we even capable of making stable, live relationships any more without the use of an electronic in between?
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Hannah Mirzakhani
Posted over 3 years ago
WHAT IF your top 5 personal ideas met collaborative action, write here. A TED BUCKET LIST of ideas worth spreading w/ angels in the wings.
1) Visit the childhood place of my father in Tehran, Iran 2) Do enough scientific research as to put a dent in the path of finding a cure for cancer 3) Hitchhike across Europe 4) Finally read Gone with the Wind (its evaded me for years) 5) Return to South Africa to help in the field testing for HIV/AIDS and provide time and resources towards the causes of treatment and education