Salimah From Karachi Pakistan is a WEF-HU MBA Scholar

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world.” I have been taught this by my parents since I was a pre-primary student. Education has always been very important to me. It means you do not have to depend on anyone else. I truly believed in it and that’s the reason I have been a bright student throughout my academic period. I have been raised in Pakistan and studied in English medium school system which is the most preferred option for most of the parents who can afford to send to their child in good private schools. I was a bright student and therefore, after completion of my high school, I was the only candidate who got selected in Ziauddin University College of Biomedical Engineering on merit-based 50% scholarship. I earned my undergraduate degree holding the 2nd position and was offered a job in a company as a marketing engineer. Later on, I was promoted to business coordinator. It was one of the best time of my life where I had learned lots of business strategies and gained official foreign training. Studying an MBA from the United States was one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made. Funding can often be an obstacle to live such dream but thanks to Worldwide Education Fund of the Dallas Foundation that truly believes that every student has the right to a bright future and better career. Their aim and commitment towards quality of education motivated me to take up this opportunity to pursue Master’s program. After my application got approved, I was excited about my first Skype interview with Mr. Kam Shams, the chairman, and Saadia Sabir, the program coordinator. The conversation lasted for 38 minutes and for some reasons I had confidence in myself. The moment I received an email “Congratulations, you’ve been awarded WEF scholarship” is something I can’t describe in words. I could see many ways open for me. The final step was an interview with, Ms. Anissa Neill, Associate Director of International Admissions at Herzing University Atlanta. She issued I-20 letter so that we can start visa application process. The visa process wasn’t an easy one! I had a tough time since my application got denied twice. I almost lost all the hopes. I felt like I am losing all the opportunities forever. But of course, I didn’t want to give up. With encouragement from Kam, I decided to make one last attempt to apply for U.S. visa. It turns out to be one of the best decisions of my life. My visa got approved and I was almost jumping while exiting the U.S consular office. I was finally going to live the dream which I have been looking for since last 6 months. The preparation was one of the best times where I had to make a list of things that were required and then go for shopping. The idea of having this huge change was really making me excited. My parents and sister were really happy for me and it’s them who encouraged me to do things on my own. Their support throughout the preparations was really important and because of them I was able to feel confident enough to live this opportunity that I had finally!

I am honored to have been chosen for this Worldwide Education Fund of the Dallas Foundation scholarship program and look forward to the many opportunities it presents. I am also proud to represent Pakistan and be an ambassador for Pakistan during my time in the United States.

Salimah has been recently featured as the Alumnus of the Week of ZUFEST