Spring Graduation Spotlight: Zainab Abdalla

May 11, 2023 Charis Ochu

Zainab Abdalla, fondly called Zana, chose to attend Hardin-Simmons University because she desired one-on-one connections with professors and teachers. She will graduate this week with a business administration major and a management minor. 

Zana was very involved on campus throughout her four years at HSU. She was a member of the HScrU dance team, Sigma Alpha Women’s Social Club, and the HSU Chapel Band. Additionally, Zana was a member of the school’s track and field team, a student worker for the President’s Office, and currently works at Hendrick Medical Center South. 

As a result of her dedication, she received the First-Year Mentor of the Year Award and was put on the Dean’s List. 

Zana loves campus life at HSU and how lively it is all the time. “I know that sounds cliché, but it is the truth. You always see students walking around, having a picnic, or at the pool,” she explained.  

In her free time, she loves reading books, especially those by Colleen Hoover, and cooking with her roommate. 

Zana is thankful to her advisors, Dr. Doug McIntyre, Laura Reynolds, and Dr. Jared Reynolds, for impacting her these last four years. “I appreciate them more than they know,” she shared. 

Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse ministers to Zana as she enters a new season of her life. “Leaning on the Lord is very important to me right now,” she shared.  

Her advice to HSU students is, “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Try new things, join clubs, meet friends, and experience college. Most importantly, learn how to balance your school and social life!” 

Congratulations Zainab!