Everything I have experienced in my life helps form who I am today, and I would not change or forget any of it.
People are so complex and multidimensional that raising someone to 'hero' status is too great a simplification.
My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim.
I can tell you character traits I admire and work to develop in myself – perseverance, self-discipline, courage to stand up for what is right even when it is against one's friends or one's self.
I'm not in the business of changing policies. I hope to inform, not form, decisions.