When I first thought about writing this blog, I wasn't sure how I was going to approach it, considering that I probably can't summarize ALL the reasons why I made that decision of coming to the University of Minnesota, but let me try to give this a shot anyways :P
Well, from an academic perspective, one of the main reasons of choosing the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is the fact that the school is ranked among the top 15 professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country. Also, I thought that Minnesota should be a very impressive place to study in, especially since I am very much interested in learning about development work with young women. The Center on Women and Public Policy, which is the first complete teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy in the United States, is one of my most favorite research centers here. The center is one of many centers at the Humphrey Institute that partner with councils and organizations in the larger community to prepare future policy makers, researchers, and activists to be the next generation of leaders on specialized issues.
Another dimension to why I wanted to attend the U (short for University) is because of how diverse the school community and the larger community are. Since I am an Arab young woman, it was important for me to learn about Arab and Muslim communities at school and in Minneapolis to get a sense of belonging. So, it was very comforting to know, after researching, that Minnesota has a large Muslim and Arab population, as well as THE largest population of Somalis outside of Africa. At school, there are many organizations that bring together and support Arab and Muslim students, and other students interested in these areas, such as the Arabic Language and Culture Association and the Muslim Student Association.
And here's a video I just stumbled into which highlights a few more reasons why I think Minneapolis is such a cool city:
So now you guys can see why I thought answering this question can be quite a challenging task! Still, I hope I gave you all a good idea about some of the many many reasons why I am here. Again, please let me know if you needed to know anything more...
Until next week, have a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead!