Anum Fa­tima goes to Har­vard


Seven years ago, Anum Fa­tima from Is­mail Jhokio Goth near Steel Town, Karachi, be­came the first girl in her fam­ily to com­plete her Ma­tric­u­la­tion. To­day she has earned the op­por­tu­nity to study at Har­vard. Anum Fa­tima’s life changed when she got ad­mis­sion to a school run by The Cit­i­zen Foun­da­tion (TCF). Af­ter com­plet­ing her Ma­tric­u­la­tion, she got ad­mis­sion at the In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment ( IoBM) from where she com­pleted her Bach­e­lors in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BBA) in Hu­man Re­source and is now en­rolled in the MBA pro­gram.

She tried her luck by ap­ply­ing in the sum­mer pro­gram at Har­vard Uni- ver­sity and suc­ceeded. Fa­tima, 23, was jubilant when she was ac­cepted by the top U.S. un­ver­sity. Fa­tima’s ed­u­ca­tion has brought the best out of her and she has made goals for her life. She says, “I want to be the CEO of a lead­ing com­pany, but be­fore that I want to spend a few years at TCF to pay them back for all they have done for me.” If TCF had not paid her univer­sity tuition fee, a de­gree at a pri­vate-sec­tor in­sti­tute would have been a dis­tant dream.

It be­came a daunt­ing chal­lenge for Anum to switch over to the English lan­guage, as her medium of ed­u­ca­tion had been Urdu all her life. Ev­ery day, af­ter school, Fa­tima would go to the TCF head of­fice where teach­ers helped her with her English and trans­lated lessons for her. And here she is!

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