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French Native eyes Davis, wants to become a veterinarian

By: Gordon Liang

Life is a series of tons of ups and downs. This couldn’t be any truer for Maya Benmokhtar. From France to America to breaking a collarbone, we can all agree that Maya has had quite of a past. 

She was born on December 10, 2001 and is already a junior due to the fact that France starts school one year earlier than the United States. She was born in France but had to move around a lot because of her father’s job. In fact, San Francisco was not the first place that she moved to.

She moved to North Carolina where she learned to horseback ride before she went to San Francisco. But out of all of the places that she has lived in, she loves San Francisco the most. She says the weather is nice, the people are open minded and let’s not forget to mention that her favorite team, the Warriors will be playing there very soon. 

She says that she’s really happy here. Clarissa Roman, a friend that she’s known since freshman year says, “No matter if she’s having a bad day or something’s going on in her life, she always has a positive attitude towards anything and she’s always like have a smile on her face.” 

But life hasn’t always been a fun adventure for Benmokhtar. During cheer practice, she tried to catch someone who was falling and broke her collarbone.

She’s tried basketball but that hasn’t worked out. Her mom quit her job because she didn’t like it. And school hasn’t been easy for her as her goal was to not go to summer school. Benmokhtar tries not to talk about her life before America.

Though life wasn’t easy, she did not let her problems stop her. Her mom eventually got a job that she liked and is now famous on Instagram. Though she got injured, cheer has helped her make a lot of friends. Roman says that Benmokhtar is very outgoing and nice and would do anything for you. Though it didn’t work out, Benmokhtar is still a huge basketball fan and is a huge fan of the Warriors and LeBron James. She is now working hard in school to pursue her dream of going to UC Davis and becoming a veterinarian.