At one point during her studies in the International Studies program, Rozy Karim found herself in her student advisor’s office with tears in her eyes. Having begun her undergraduate education at the age of 59, she reflected on her past and wondered if she would be able to complete her studies.
To anyone who knew Karim’s story, the answer would be a resounding “Yes, you can!”
Karim grew up in East Africa and describes her childhood as “impoverished”. She had a great love of books and learning, though her aspiration to attend a “big school” seemed like a fairy tale. At the age of 19, Karim was sent to Central Africa to be married. She found herself in Burundi, then Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands were massacred in the Hutu-Tutsi conflict.
Read this amazing story of Rozy Karim’s determination to pursue her life long dream, overcoming life’s many challenges at the source: Rozy Karim’s childhood dream comes true