Anum Fatima goes to Harvard

Written by SAO  •  Features  •  June 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Seven years ago, Anum Fatima from Ismail Jhokio Goth near Steel Town, Karachi, became the first girl in her family to complete her Matriculation. Today she has earned the opportunity to study at Harvard. Anum Fatima’s life changed when she got admission to a school run by The Citizen Foundation (TCF). After completing her Matriculation, she got admission at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) from where she completed her Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resource and is now enrolled in the MBA program.

She tried her luck by applying in the summer program at Harvard University and succeeded. Fatima, 23, was jubilant when she was accepted by the top U.S. unversity. Fatima’s education has brought the best out of her and she has made goals for her life. She says, “I want to be the CEO of a leading company, but before that I want to spend a few years at TCF to pay them back for all they have done for me.” If TCF had not paid her university tuition fee, a degree at a private-sector institute would have been a distant dream.

It became a daunting challenge for Anum to switch over to the English language, as her medium of education had been Urdu all her life. Every day, after school, Fatima would go to the TCF head office where teachers helped her with her English and translated lessons for her. And here she is! 

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