Grace is a rising sophomore student at New Jersey City University, she is of the select few who is a member of the NJCU Honors College, which grants her a full ride scholarship. She majors in biology and public health, with a focus in Arabic language and political science. She is a self-described chronically ill scholar and advocates on behalf of invisible and rare illness. She is a Christian-Buddhist, and her mantra is “aspiring to inspire”. Grace busies herself with her studies, but when she’s not studying you can find her serving as the Vice President of Service for Alpha Phi Omega, national co-ed service fraternity incorporated, where she is described by her brothers as a selfless servant. Grace is also on the founding executive board of the Drea[ME]rs organization on campus which is a four-pillared program that seeks to help refugee, undocumented, and immigrant students with financial, legal, educational, and community assistance. This organization, has hosted several events promoting assistance, peace, and understanding about the struggles students of those status’ face, as well as encouraging intersectional unity. Grace is also a member of the Muslim Student Association, and greenhouse society. When she’s not on campus Grace volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, as well she volunteers at the Friends of Linden Animal Shelter cleaning the facility and caring for the dogs. Miss Gottlick’s hobbies include hiking, camping, working out, cooking and eating a healthy vegetarian diet, reading, scrapbooking, singing, playing the oboe and French horn, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs.
Grace aspires to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon, and desires to put those skills to use working for a non-profit or NGO. She also hopes to advocate actively in the role of government in public health around the world, and would like to aid in the eradication of water born illness. Ultimately Grace desires to retire by opening an animal sanctuary and rescue, where she can give back to her community by helping animals in need and relaxing on a big farm. Grace states that by participating in the Ibrahim Student Leadership and Dialogue Middle East Program, she can further her knowledge of how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict effects the daily lives of the individuals, also the impact of public health and healthcare on disease of the region, as well as strengthen her cultural understanding of these foreign peoples. Grace enjoys traveling and embraces new cultures, her life goal is to provide medical care to foreign nations. She plans to conduct a panel board discussion, inclusive of speakers with varying viewpoints, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when she returns to school in the fall.