Cornell University, Urban and Regional Studies

Abdoul says, “if you want a better tomorrow, start building it today.”

His experience with College AIM has been a learning process that included perfecting college and scholarship applications and shaping overall priorities. His fondest memory of the program is when he attended workshops to conquer his college apps, and with College AIM's support he was able to receive one-on-one advice from the admissions staff at his dream school!

As a student, Abdoul looks to challenge himself, and his favorite course in high school was Calculus. The rigor forced him to develop study habits and time management skills that truly prepared him for college. What else got him through? Generating a close, trusted relationship with his teacher.

The work habits and willingness to ask for help have translated to college, and Abdoul now attends his dream school, Cornell (Go Big Red!). He's a thriving freshman on campus and majors in Urban and Regional Studies. A degree for him means a sharper mind, a means to earn and support his family, and a way to propel him into a position to also help his community. He aims to use his education to create transcontinental transportation systems to promote commerce and travel across Africa.

In his free time, Abdooul is a family man. He enjoys hanging out with his nieces and nephews, maybe playing basketball or exploring the endless worlds that await him in various books.

We admire your vision and tenacity, Abdoul!

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