Munira from Khorog Tajikistan is in the US on WEF-HU MBA Scholarship

I was born in Khorog, a city in the Pamirs of Tajikistan, gifted with beautiful nature and hospitable people. Being the second child in my family of four kids, I always strived for independence and taking  my own journey in life.

After graduating school, I left for Almaty, Kazakhstan for my Bachelors in International Relations at Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) University. During my studies, I took an exchange semester to Istanbul, Turkey, where I had the most amazing experiences in my life. After four years, I graduated from KIMEP University and started my career at State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan. After several months of working there, I realized that I wanted to work for oneself and open my own business. I started searching for programs that would offer programs for MBA with no background in business. However, all my searches were unsuccessful. After receiving the announcement about the WEF program from my aunt, I thought it would be the same case. Nevertheless, the eligibility criteria had nothing concerning this matter. I found some grounds for hope and went directly to the University’s site to see their admissions requirements. Luckily, the program was perfectly suited for applicants with a limited business background, like myself. With lots of enthusiasm and excitement, I filled out the application form and submitted all the necessary documents hoping for a favorable response. After passing the initial selection, I prepared for my interview. With bittersweet feeling, on one hand, My feelings were everywhere – on the one hand, joy and on the other worry/nervousness of losing this great opportunity.

It was June the 2nd, I remember, that I received my acceptance letter from the WEF Scholarship, informing me that I am one of the first finalists for WEF-HU MBA Scholarship Program to study MBA at Herzing University’s Atlanta campus in the United States of America. It was the most exciting moment in my life, as I knew the big change this will bring to my life. But, it was not as it simple as it looked. There was a couple of more things needed to be done before I could come to the United States of America.

One of the biggest challenges, of course, was the visa process, especially for me as I had been rejected for a visa before and I was afraid that it would be the same case this time as well. Fortunately, the program team, including Kamruddin Shams, Chairman of WEF and Saadia Sabir, the Project Coordinator, cared enough to drive us through the process, assisting in every step and supported us to succeed.

There seemed no concern other than the visa, however the trip from Tajikistan to U.S was a long journey, a “red eye flight”, whole night in New York’s cold airport, nevertheless, all of this was totally worth the thrilling adventures awaiting me in Atlanta, Georgia.

I was so excited that I arrived one week earlier than the lodging was available, luckily for me one of the volunteers from Worldwide Education Fund of the Dallas Foundation, Mrs. Firoza Abdulla hosted me at her house, where she lives with her husband Mr. Nadir Abdulla. Spending one week at their house made me feel less homesick, as they created a welcoming and homey environment. I even had my regular breakfast tea, shirchai, which was weird from their perspective, as I had it with salt.

Overall, the MBA at Herzing University’s Atlanta campus in the United States of America is undoubtedly new chapter in my life, which I hope to fill with best memories and life-changing opportunities that will have a substantial influence on my life, my family, and my society, ensuring magnificent prospects for development. Thank you WEF!