- Hamdia Ahmed started her life in a refugee camp and had no idea that one day, she would be a student at the University of Maine
- The 21-year-old beauty recently graduated and remembered how much her parents sacrificed to provide for their kids
- In a touching Twitter post, Hamdia revealed she is the first person to bag a degree in her home and that alone made her immensely proud
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Success comes in many ways. What you might consider to be normal or small, is what someone else might view as a great milestone.
Most scholars who graduate with their first degree often view their achievement as just a step in the right direction.
But model and activist Hamdia Ahmed views her graduation as a win for her mum, dad, siblings and herself.
Why? Because she is the first person in her family to complete campus and get a degree. Slow claps!
The 21-year-old lady shared her story on Twitter and explained just why she will never forget the look on her mother’s face when she donned her gown and clutched onto her certificate.
Hamdia was born amidst a civil war.
Her mum who was pregnant at the time, delivered the beauty as she tried to escape unrest in their motherland.
After that, Hamdia and her family spent seven years in a refugee camp.
They then travelled to the US with nothing to their name but hearts full of hope and love.
“Twenty-one years ago my mother gave birth to me while she was escaping from a civil war. I spent the first seven years of my life in a refugee camp. My parents sacrificed so much for their kids. Today, I became the first person to graduate from college in my family,” she wrote.
In other news, a family from Kakamega county was on December 18, 2020, over the moon after five siblings graduated from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with masters degrees in different fields.
The five, Absalom Adega, 42, Ruth Agoi, 38, Paul Agoi,36, Esther Agoi,33, and Seth Agoi, were among the more than 5,000 graduands who followed the virtual graduation proceedings during Jkuat's 35th graduation ceremony.
While their 63-year-old father Francis Agoi who was a primary school teacher of Mathematics admired their success, the siblings said it all boiled down to hard work and focus, The Standard reported.
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