Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Teen Wonder Chooses Harvard

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Teen Wonder Chooses Harvard

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MUNIRA KHALIF, l8, THE ST. PAUL, MINnesota, high school student who achieved the rare honor of being accepted by all eight Ivy League schools and three highly accredited colleges, is heading to Harvard where she will study political science.

Khalif said after visiting she was able to envision herself making Harvard University her home for the next four years.

"The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement," she told KMSP-TV's Rachel Chazin April 8. "This was truly a blessing from God."

Khalif, born and raised in Minnesota after her parents fled Somalia during the civil war, said she was inspired to work hard because of the opportunities her family and the U.S. had given her. She was one of nine youngsters in the world to receive the UN Special Envoy for Global Education's Youth Courage Award for her education activism, which she started when she was just 13 years old. …

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