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4COMMUNIQUFALL2014CLASSOF2018StudentSPOTLIGHTBecausemerenumbersdontgiveusthefullpictureweretellingthestoryofthenewClassof2018throughthelivesofstudentsrepresentingeachofourthreesites.DetroitDowhatyoulovemostMOSTAFAASSIMostafaAssimarkshissixteenthyearasthetimehebecameaman.BorninDearbornMichiganhisfamilyhadmovedtoLebanonwhenhewasinfthgrade.Welivedthereafewyearswhichgavemetheopportunitytolearnadifferentculturesocietylanguagecountryandsystemshesaid.Ilearnedtoappreciatethingsmanydonthavelikeelectricityandwaterandgottoknowalotofrelativesthereaswell.WhentheyreturnedtotheU.S.Assisfamilywasinthethroesofmanychallengesbothmedicalandnancial.Astheonlyonewhowasfullyhealthyheat16hadtopickupthepiecesataskthatlastedeightyears.InhelpingtogetmedicaltreatmentforfamilymembershenotedItookmybrothertoadoctorandwhenheemergedhisfacewasfullofhope.Thatwashopeformetoo.ThisdoctorhaddonesomethingnooneelsecoulddoandIllalwaysbeextremelygrateful.HoweverIhadtoputmypassionsasidehesaidandndsomethingforwhichIcouldtrainquicklyandmakeadecentamountofmoneydoingit.HecompletedabachelorsdegreeinnanceattheUniversityofMichiganDearbornandworkedasanancialadviserforamajorinvestmentbank.Afterayearherealizedthefocusofmostoftheemployeestherewassomethingthatdidntalignwithmymotivesprotmaximizationforthecompanyandtheclient.Frommyendmoneyhadbecomesecondary.WiththebirthofmydaughterIbegantofocusonherandonmyself.IwantedtodosomethingIwaspassionateabout.RememberingtheexampleofthedoctorshedencounteredAssisaidIwantedtobejustlikethemgivingback.Thatswhenmymissionbegan.Hedidpost-baccalaureateworkatWayneStateUniversityfortwoyearsandMSUCOMwastheonlymedicalschooltowhichheapplied.Itwasosteopathicmedicinesconsiderationofbodymindandspirithesaid.AlotofpeoplearoundmewereOKinbodyandextremelyintelligentbutspiritandhopeandfaithwerebrokenanddecient.Thoughalotofstudentsinmycommunityarelow-incometheystillhaveopportunitiestogetaworld-classeducationwiththehelpofthefederalgovernmenthesaid.MyadviceDowhatyoulovethemost.Donttakenoforananswer.Trytobethebesthumanyoucanbeanddoitatanycost.EASTLANSINGNomanisanislandTYMONHORNTymonHornsheritageisremarkablehisfamilymembershavebeendenizensofMackinacIslandforatleastacenturyandahalf.HishistoryincludesforebearswhoweremembersoftheSaultTribeofChippewaIndiansOrdinanceSergeantWilliamMarshallwhointhelate1870sservedasanunofcialexecutiveofcerforastringofcommandersatFortMackinacandEdwardHornwhocametotheStraitsin1915aslighthousekeeperfortheoldfederalLifeSavingService.MorerecentlyhisfamilyhasoperatedtwoofthemostpopulargatheringplacesontheIslandTysRestaurantandHornsGaslightBarandRestaurant.Horngrewupfromtherstdayofkindergartentohighschoolgraduationwiththesamefourkidsinhisclasstwomorewereaddedalongtheway.Schoolsportsteamssoccerbasketballandgolfwerecoedandincludedavarietyofagestogainacriticalmass.Inthewinterwehadtosnowmobiletoschoolhesaid.ForawaygameswewouldsnowmobiletotheairportyacrosstheStraitsplaythegamesleeponouropponentsgymoorybackthenextmorningandsnowmobilehome.Hornknowsthevalueofsweatequity.Hebeganworkingforhisfamilyatage12andat14startedatabicyclerepairshopforabout50hoursaweek.IloveditHornsaidIthinkworkingisagreatextracurricularactivity.Itteachesusalotoflifeslessons.WhenthetouristsgohomethepopulationontheIslandshrinkstolessthan500peopleandtheisolationreadilyteachestheimportanceofgoodhumanrelationships.Theresalwaysagreetingfromeveryonehesaidevenonthebusiestday.ThepaceisslowerpeoplegowiththeowandtheresalwaysAssisdaughterLeilawastheimpetustofollowhispassion.byPatGrauerSTUDENTS