Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State University 2019), junior honors student of Political Science and Public Administration at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 academic term by Robert Friedman, PhD, dean of Montclair State University's college of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Sapida is a graduate of Tajrubawy High School in her hometown of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. After high school, Sapida worked as an English teacher at the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, the Social and Educational Services Organization and the Reshad Institute. Sapida was encouraged by her parents to study in the US because of its embrace of cultural and linguistic diversity, something they feel very strongly Afghanistan needs to move forward. Sapida hopes to use her degree in Political Science and Public Administration providing education and job opportunities to street children and youth in Afghanistan.
Sapida chose her academic path in May 2014 after she and friends gathered food, clothing and money for a “Hamkari wa Hamdili” tent they constructed in their city to serve victims of the May 2014 torrential flooding that effected several provinces of Afghanistan. It was the street children she encountered during that time that impacted her the most. “Looking into their eyes I used to make promise to myself that when I will grow older I will work toward positive changes into their lives," says Sapida, adding, "I still see into their eyes and strengthen my promise; being able to serve them is my dearest wish and one of the first projects I would want to work on after my graduation.”
Congratulations, Sapida jaan! We are so proud of your accomplishments and celebrate your bright future helping others.
“Looking into their eyes I promised myself that when I will grow older I will work toward positive changes in their lives," says Sapida, adding, "I still see into their eyes and strengthen my promise; being able to serve them is my dearest wish and one of the first projects I would want to work on after my graduation.”
- Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State University 2019)