Safaa Merghoub '24

Position
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Bio/Description

My name is Safaa Merghoub. I use she/her pronouns. I am a rising junior ('24) concentrating in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. I am from Jersey City, NJ, but my family is originally from Algeria. Some things I am involved with on campus are the Muslim Engineers for Social Impact and Justice, the MusIim Students Association, and I do research in a CBE lab! In my spare time, I love to run, cook, and explore new places with friends.

CONCENTRATION
Chemical and Biological Engineering

CERTIFICATES
Global Health and Health Policy

What's a favorite memory from your first year at Princeton?
As for much of the class of 2024, instead of moving on to campus in August and participating in freshman orientation, my first few days at Princeton were spent connecting to zoom meetings from my bedroom at home. During the virtual fall semester of freshman year, I took a math class where I met a classmate who would become one of my best friends. Our friendship grew over many facetime and zoom calls, but in the spring semester, we finally had the opportunity to meet in person for the first time. It was the first snow of the year, and the campus was very beautiful. We got hot chocolate and explored the campus for the first time together – one of the most memorable experiences of my first year and my time at Princeton as a whole. 

What's a Princeton class that has shaped the way you think and why?
A Princeton class that has shaped the way that I think is my writing seminar (Human Rights and the Rule of Law). During this class, we had discussions about various humanitarian crises in the world and the way that governments and international organizations handle these situations. Although I always had an interest in this subject, this course made me re-evaluate what I had previously known and encouraged me to think about forms of activism and solutions for the conflicts. I now often think about the ways in which I can connect my work and efforts to help those who are victims of these tragedies.