Somaliland: Abdisamad on How Local Students Can Get Into Harvard University


Many elite universities that see an application from Somaliland may crumple it up and think its a practical joke says Abdisamad

By Steve Schwartz

Somalilandsun – Abdisamad Adan grew up in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland (an autonomous region of Somalia). He just began his first year at Harvard University. In this episode, he shares what it was like to apply from Somaliland.

He went to a public primary school in Hargeisa and later attended Abaarso School of Science and Technology for secondary education.

While a junior at Abaarso School, he received a scholarship from ASSIST, an organization that gives international students one year opportunity to attend an independent college preparatory high school in the US. Abdisamad completed his high school education at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

This past year, he worked as the Executive Assistant of Abaarso School of Science and Technology while applying to colleges.

Get tips on how to get into Harvard University from the Somaliland boy who defied all odds

Abdisamad is on Facebook and Twitter: @Amuhiyadiin  


Abdisamad Adan, a youth from Somaliland who has siblings who never attended school, defied the odds to end up at Harvard

Abaarso School of Science and Technology

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