Education: South Seattle College, Associate of Arts in Pre-nursing, 2014, and Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing, 2015
SU Major: Nursing, 2019
- Licensed Practical nurse, Hallmark Manor healthcare facility, 11/2015–Present
- Volunteer, yearly health fair, peer to peer training with healthy eating, and managing diabetes, Somali Health Board, 11/2015–Present
- Volunteer, parent support group, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 2006–2016
- Alfie Scholars, Seattle University, 2017
- Xavier Scholarship, Seattle University 2017-2018
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Certificate of Academic Excellence, 2013-2014
- Dean’s List, 2013
Goals: With my degree I want to impact the lives of children suffering with juvenile diabetes in a positive way. I want to advocate for these children to have the latest devices to control blood sugar, regardless of what type of insurance they have. With my degree and advocacy I want to be able to make a difference in someone’s life. My ultimate goal is to earn my doctorate of nursing in family practice and be a provider.
Everyone having a voice is so important in making civil decisions and having a functioning society. Having a voice and stepping up for those who don’t have an influence on society is very important to me because my life goal is to advocate and help bring up the voices of the under-represented.
I was born in Somalia, and I speak Somali and English. In a country that did not provide for women to be educated, I was fortunate that my father had the vision and courage to provide me with an education. When I was 21 years old, I was able to be reunited with my mother and came to her in Seattle.
I am the first person to earn a college degree in my family. I am a dedicated mother of four children, ranging from second grade to freshman in college. The challenges of parenting are extremely fulfilling and have increased my resiliency and strength of character. As a result, I believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I want my children to be inspired and know that they, too, can do whatever they desire in life if they set their mind to it.
To be able to raise my children and help financially support our family, I opened and now operate family childcare. I am aspiring to be a nurse. My aspiration for nursing was ignited by my daughter’s diagnosis with diabetes. She was only five years old, and it was very devastating for her dad and me. From that time, I have dreamed of becoming a highly qualified, experienced, and very competent nurse.