Hiba Outa

As an award-winning poet and devoted animal rights advocate, I can say my journey is marked by an unyielding spirit and an insatiable appetite for education and discovery. My odyssey into the world of Literature commenced in high school, where my passion for poetry blossomed into a remarkable talent. It was this ardor that guided me towards pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language, solidifying my commitment to the craft that fueled my creative soul.

In a testament to my unwavering resolve, I seized an opportunity that I didn’t imagine would become a pivotal moment in my literary career – an award in Creative Writing competition held by the Ministry of Culture, where I ranked the first in English Poetry in Lebanon. This served as a catalyst for my aspirations, igniting the flame that fueled my dream of writing a book in the future. However, my journey wasn’t empty of challenges. Financial constraints prevented me from immediately pursuing my dream of publishing a book. Undeterred, I created a website at the age of 18, showcasing my extensive collection of journals, poems, and short stories. This act of self-initiation exemplifies my resilience and determination to share my literary creations with the world.

Beyond my literary pursuits, I also emerged as a force for positive change in my community. Actively engaging in community service, I have contributed significantly to organizations such as the Lebanese Red Cross, AID Lebanon, Perpetual Animal Watch, and the Human Rights Center at my reputable university (Beirut Arab University). My commitment to serving humanity and advocating for the voiceless underscores my strong sense of responsibility towards my community. I envision a world where humans and animals coexist harmoniously, and this vision propels me towards making a meaningful impact.

I am who I am today because of the unwavering confidence I have placed in myself. I firmly believe in the power of self-belief, which has been for years the cornerstone of my accomplishments. Throughout my journey, I have embraced challenges as opportunities for growth and trusted my instincts to guide me and this propelled my forward. I am a self-made individual, sculpted by resilience and determination. Such mentality has given me the courage to step into the unknown, learn from failures, and celebrate victories, both big and small.

In summary, I consider myself more than an award-winning poet, but a symbol of determination, resilience, and compassion. My journey embodies the relentless pursuit of dreams, the courage to challenge societal norms, and an unwavering commitment to creating positive change.

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