Asmaa Elsamnah

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IMPACT'N Communities Placement Student

Tell me a bit about yourself

I am currently in the Social Service Work – Immigrants and Refugees Program at Seneca@York.  I am in my second (and last) year.  I am passionate about working in community especially with youth. In the future I plan to be working with immigrants and refugees.  My parents were immigrants  and it was not easy when they

came here. The Social Service Work Program is a very practical program, everything that we’re learning you can apply to the field. Our profs are doing what they teach, for example my case management prof is a case manager.  When I first enrolled I was in Liberal Arts which was good, but it was all theory and there was nothing I could do with it.  Whereas the Social Service Work Program is practical and something you can use.

My Business:  IMPACT’N Communities Placement Student

I’m doing my placement at Impact’N Communities.  I get to work amongst entrepreneurs. Its inspirational to talk and speak to people my age who are in search of great opportunities for themselves.

What keeps you up at night?

The well-being of my family. If something is not right with my family and friends it will keep me up at night.

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

My mom always taught me to give out positive energy in the world, and to do well unto others and expect nothing in return.

What was the worst piece of advice you ever received?

I was once told: “Life is only getting harder. So get used to it.”  I took this as saying: “You’re going to be unhappy. But so what? That’s life.”  It made me feel like whatever I’m going through, I’ll always have hardships. I’m 21 and life’s only going to get harder. It was a downer since I felt as if there was no future.

I don’t agree with this advice. I know it’s not going to be easy but it won’t constantly be hard, there will be up and downs, but there will be ups, not just hardships. There will be happy moments.