Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all.

My name is Ali Nasser and I’m 24 years old

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I’m a dental student training at The Royal London Dental Institute, which is located in Whitechapel, East London.

The Royal London Dental School is a part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, which itself is a part of Queen Mary University of London.

I was born in Ashford (Middlesex) which is just west of London and have lived in a town called Staines for most of my life but have recently just moved out of that house. I now live in a small flat in West London. Although I was born and bred here in the UK (so am technically British), I’m originally from Iraq. The last time I visited Iraq was back in 2001 (before the invasion) but hopefully in the future I will be able to go back to visit.

I won’t go into unnecessary details about my life but here’s a little bit:

My Family Unit:

I’m lucky to have two amazing younger brothers Hussein and Omar – there’s only 24 months between each of us so we are really close.

  • There’s Hussein, he’s 22 years old and currently in his 4th year of medical school at Birmingham University.
  • There’s Omar, he’s is 20 years old and is training to be an architect. After finishing his A-Levels he did a foundation art course in London and is now doing part I of the architecture course at Oxford Brooke’s University.

And we are so lucky to have such a wonderful mother who has always been there for us. She’s my rock, my inspiration, my best friend and so much more.

My mum qualified as a medical doctor at university in Iraq, but didn’t work for long as a doctor when she moved to the UK before she had my brothers and I and became a full time parent.

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My Family – picture taken in September 2016. L-R: Ali, Omar, Hussein, Mother Bear

Here’s a bit about me aside from my obvious passion for dentistry:

I’m obsessed with sport, health and fitness

  • I go to the gym maybe 4 or 5 times/week
  • I run ~15 miles/week.
    • I’ve done the Paris Marathon and many half marathons – I’m hoping to apply to run the Barcelona Marathon in 2017
    • I’ve signed up to run the Sussex Marathon in March 2017
    • My next goal is to have completed a full Iron Man triathlon before I turn 30
  • My football team is Fulham FC (currently in the Championship)
  • I’m a huge All Blacks fan boy –  I watch most of their games

It’s a new hobby but I’m starting to get really into photography. At the moment I have a really good digital compact Sony camera (the Sony DSC HX90) but will hopefully be able to get a DSLR and some decent lenses for it in the near future.

  • I love urban photography – so it’s great that I live in London
    • The symmetry
    • The grey colour palette
    • Capturing old and new
    • Playing with long exposure times to show movement in a still image
  • Also portrait and also nature/adventure photography

I have serious wanderlust! I’m very lucky to have been able to travel to so many wonderful places in the world and the list I have of places I want to visit next is ridiculously long.

  • So far in 2016 I have been to: Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
  • Between 2nd and 3rd year of dental school I have one month off for summer. So for August, I’m planning either to travel to Bolivia&Peru or Vietnam&Cambodia

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Linked with my love for travel is my great interest in languages and different cultures. I speak English, Arabic, Spanish and some Italian and French. I’d love to get better at Italian and French in the next few years so I can become a fluent speaker and the next language I want to learn is German!

I’m a huge foodie! There are very few foods I dislike. I love:

  • Experiencing the endless food establishments all over London – you can never get bored with the variety. If you know where to go – there are foods from all over globe!
  • Borough market and all the other wonderful food markets
  • Experimenting in my kitchen at home – finding recipes online and trying to make them

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Not sure what else to put here so I’ll stop here.

There’s another post that I decided to split into two parts: “Life Before Dental School – Part 1” and “Life Before Dental School – Part 2”  in which I go into details about what I was doing before I started at dental school as a 23 year old in September 2015.

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