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Zainab Yusofi

Zainab Yusofi knows exactly what she wants of her future. She came to the College of Saint Elizabeth  from Afghanistan, and it is clear she has a plan. “I am a student who is passionate about business management, human rights, and empowering women.”

Yusofi is an international student and knows that the quality education provided by a Catholic school is what ultimately made her choose CSE. “The main reason that I came to CSE is to grow spiritually, intellectually and to improve my leadership skill in order to become the person I want to be.” She added, “The moment I met an exceptional person (President Sister Francis Raftery) with her warm welcome, I realized that I made the right decision to study here… The President knows every single student by name, and treats you like she has known you forever; she is exceptional. I also receive personal attention from my professors that are always there to help students grow.”

She loves learning, is in the honors program and confident that her degree in global studies with a minor in business will enable her to succeed and advance. She has plans to continue her education at graduate school where she hopes to study international relations and business.

Ultimately, Yusofi hopes to work for the United Nations and then go back to Afghanistan to work high in government administration to enact change.

“I look forward to my future,” she said. “Unlike the years prior to September 2001 when girls were not allowed to go to school and women were brutally beaten by the Taliban for working outside their homes, things are changing in Afghanistan… it needs to happen. I believe that I have a chance to make change and focus on being a powerful woman.”

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