Spotlight on Heights High Graduates: Amirah Saafir

Amirah Saafir

Amirah Saafir
Canterbury ’01
Heights High ’08
Amirah is a junior at Howard University

What’s your major?

What are your plans for the future?
After graduating from Howard University, I plan to go on to graduate school to get my doctorate degree in developmental psychology and then become a school psychologist.

Do you have a favorite memory or two from elementary school?
One of my favorite memories from Canterbury Elementary School was watching the letter people in Mrs. Slater’s kindergarten class. I remember dressing up as Ms. A for the Letter People parade. I had handkerchiefs pinned all over my clothes. She made learning fun!

What did you learn at Heights High that prepared you for college?
I believe my entire Heights experience helped prepare me for college. Two things that stand out to me are developing an effective study technique and learning how to balance academics and extracurricular activities.

What did you enjoy most at Heights?
While at Heights I was extremely active so it’s difficult to pick the one thing. I definitely enjoyed being a part of the volleyball team, the gospel choir, and the Minority Student Achievement Network.

What advice would you give current Heights High students?
Take advantage of all Heights has to offer. Having been involved in a wide variety of activities, I was able to explore my likes and dislikes as well as cultivate my leadership skills, shaping the types of organizations I’m involved in at Howard University as well as giving me the skills necessary to obtain leadership roles within these organizations. I would also advise students to take academics seriously; building good study habits in high school will help develop the discipline necessary to excel in college.

Read More on School News From Reaching Heights
Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.01.2011