With Abdisamad Adan going to Harvard University as a freshman, I have just seen a post by Abaarso School marking how another Somali student named Abdirahim Mohamed got into Brown University. First of all things, as I have been told, both these two students have lived in Somalia their whole lives. They both joined Abaarso School of Science and Technology, after receiving impressive marks in their Eight Grade National Examinations. They happened to go to primary schools with uneducated teachers, where there we no accommodations whatsoever to help them succeed. Yet they showed us all how it is unnecessary to have everything on your plate to succeed, and how young Somalis of today can have great lives only if they worked hard.
Going to an Ivy League means that you will study alongside the best students around the world; it means that you are truly wonderful and talented. For instance, Brown University has an acceptance rate of only 8.7% as of 2014, which means that out of every 100 students, and this are the best students in America and around the world, only less than nine people get to go. Harvard is also the same, as selective as anything could be.
I want the Somali community to stop for a moment and to commemorate the success of these two young Somalis that managed to bring pride to our homes. It is such people that will bring the name Somali the beauty that it once had, and it is such people that will change our youth if we told them to look up to them.
I also want us to thank the administration of Abaarso School, and all those that helped this dream come true. It is indeed our responsibility, and responding wisely to this can be the difference between a good future and a bad future for Somalis.