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Mariam Jalalzada

Mariam Jalalzada

Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
Major: International Relations and Economics
Class: 2009

Simmons activities: Honors Program, International Multicultural Student Association, Muslim Student Association

Simmons Faculty: "I have grown both intellectually and academically; I owe much of that to the caring and intelligent Simmons faculty. I feel very fortunate to gain my first experience in higher education in the United States with professors who are not only teachers, but also role models and advisers—all in a community that feels like a family."

Why Simmons: "I was awarded a full scholarship from Simmons through the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, an organization that helps Afghan women resume their education after years of Taliban rule. I couldn't have chosen a better institution for my education. Simmons offers a warm, welcoming community and spectacular human resources, including faculty who are comprehensive in their teaching methods, and very accessible."

Favorite class: "Economics is the love of my life. My most favorite classes have been International Trade, Comparative Economies of East Asia, and Economic Development."

Women's Education: "Since I come from a country where women are marginalized, I strongly believe what is often said about the impact of educating women: when you educate a man, you educate an individual; when you educate a woman, you educate an entire family. Simmons educates women who become the engines of change and improvement in their respective families, communities, and workplaces."

After Simmons: "I was accepted by several graduate programs and chose to enroll in the Masters in Law and Diplomacy program at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. I found the school very development-orientated and diverse."

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