Traveling the World as a Cazenovia College Student
Abdinoor Mohamed chose Cazenovia College because it was not far from his home in Syracuse, and a smaller, more intimate environment than other colleges. In addition, his stepbrother, Salat Ali '17, was a Cazenovia student at the time and encouraged him to apply.
Mohamed has availed himself of a broad range of programs and classes at the College. He says, "I am proud of being here and taking advantage of everything Caz has to offer." Mohamed attended the First Year Summer Jumpstart program so he quickly became knowledgeable about the campus. Furthermore, Mohamed plays on the soccer team as a midfielder and forward, and his teammates are a close group of friends. He has also participated as a peer mentor in Project Reach, as an SGA parliamentarian, and as a master student for a first-year seminar class.
Mohamed also took advantage of the services offered by Project REACH as well as HEOP, where he worked with Sheila Marsh. Shares Mohamed, "Sheila Marsh is an amazing person. She helped me learn to manage playing a varsity sport and doing well in college through time-management strategies."
As a senior, Mohamed is well into his major, which is international relations. Mohamed shares, "Coming from a war-torn country like Somalia, it makes sense that I am interested in world affairs." He has enjoyed all his classes on the global refugee crisis, which are taught by Dr. Jesse Harasta. According to Mohamed, Dr. Harasta has had the greatest influence on him. Mohamed has a minor in photography, as he wants to be able to document refugees on social media during his travels in order to keep people informed about what is going on in the world.
Participating in an alternative spring break in Quito, Ecuador, and spending a semester abroad on the Canterbury program have given Mohamed opportunities to broaden his field of study in international relations. Mohamed also worked for Kim Se Yok Mu, a disaster relief organization, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he transcribed videos from Somali to English. In addition, he has served as an intern at Interfaith Works in Syracuse. Rounding out his world affairs experiences at Cazenovia, Mohamed also participated in Seeds of Peace, a camp in Maine where participants talk about the global community.
In terms of next steps, being from Somalia has profoundly shaped Mohamed's life, prompting him to explore going into the Peace Corps after graduation. Eventually, he would like to go to graduate school, with the goal of working for the United Nations.
Mohamed sums up his time at Cazenovia by saying, "My experience at Caz has been wonderful. I had the opportunity to travel the world, do service projects, and be involved in extracurricular activities."