Scholarships Power a Force for Good: Fall 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Scholarships help provide opportunities for students to attend a leading business school and gain skills, leadership experience, and connections to help them use business as a force for good. Philanthropy from alumni and friends of the Carlson School makes a positive impact, extending far beyond the campus.
I am a first-generation college student, and while my parents worked incredibly hard to support me financially, I still felt like my education expenses were a great burden on our family. Scholarship support helped relieve some of that weight, and allowed me to pursue opportunities I might not have considered due to financial concerns. Last semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy, where I worked in a sustainable tourism internship with a beautiful, 800-year-old monastery turned-hostel, Ostello del Bigallo. It was an incredible experience to learn about sustainability and business while in another country.
After graduation, I moved to Portland, Oregon, to begin working with Land O’ Lakes in their Talent Acceleration Supply Chain Program. In my first rotation, I will be assigned to process improvement projects for a feed facility where I will be able to apply both my supply chain and sustainability knowledge. I am eager to put into practice what I learned at the Carlson School and through my study abroad experience in a field I care deeply about.
Nobody would believe me if I said I am helping save lives everyday because of my supply chain and finance major. This summer I interned at Boston Scientific in a global sourcing position. This opportunity made me fall in love with the medical world and see how we can help save millions of lives with our knowledge. This is why I put in the extra work and why I love what I study. Not only was I able to work with suppliers all over the world, but I was able to travel and meet them in person. I am excited to study abroad this year. I want to learn how different countries manage their businesses and companies. A couple of years ago this would have only been a dream.
Being an Iraqi refugee in the U.S. has pushed me to be a learner. With my education from the Carlson School, I am expanding my knowledge on how business works in America, and understanding how the world around me works. With the help of my school and scholarship, my dreams are becoming a reality piece by piece. Now, as my future takes off I am seeing how lucky and fortunate I am.
This article appeared in the Fall 2022 alumni magazine
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