Sayidcali's Stunning Success
Graduate student from Somaliland poses seated on a college campus

Grad school at Harvard, Duke, or Cornell?

[This article is part of the June 2024 issue of PAX Press.]

Sayidcali, graduating in the Abaarso School of Science and Technology (Somaliland) class of 2017, has recently been accepted to graduate programs at Harvard University, Duke University, and Cornell University! While at Abaarso, Sayidcali was a volunteer for the Hargeisa Orphanage Tutoring Program, actively involved in Debate Club, and served as a Student Proctor. His favorite subjects included writing, reading, and history. In his senior year, he participated in the PAX High School Exchange Program in the United States. Upon returning to Somaliland, Sayidcali dedicated his gap year to working for Abaarso School as an Administrative Assistant where he helped coordinate entrance exams and contributed to the Residential Life program.

In 2019, Sayidcali was a recipient of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship and attended Westminster College double majoring in Political Science and Global and Transnational Studies. During his undergraduate studies, Sayidcali was honored with the Winston Churchill Award in both 2021 and 2023 and was extensively involved on campus. He was a Senate Member of the Student Government Association, the Treasurer of the Global Development Club, and a Founding Member of the International Studies/African Union Club. He also served as Class President and completed a Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship at Princeton University.

Sayidcali has decided to attend Cornell University’s Jeb E Brooks School of Public Policy to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Government, Politics, and Policy Studies in the fall on a full scholarship. He hopes to return to Somaliland to contribute to public institutions and global development efforts.

—This article first appeared in Abaarso Network under the title "From Somaliland to Cornell"