Athiyah was born and raised in the town of Choa Chu Kang in Singapore and moved to America in 2016 to pursue journalism. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland in 2020. During college, she worked internships and jobs for START, Meridian International Center, and Voice of America, and interned for Street Sense Media after graduation. She was also a producer and Deputy Crew Chief for Capital News Service, UMD’s student broadcast news show. Her skills encompass many mediums of journalism, though her true love is video. She was SSM’s production editor in 2022 and 2023.