My name's Ahmed Ahmed. I was born in a refugee camp, in Dadaab, Kenya. I'm a Biology major here at Cornell University, and I concentrate [? in ?] general biology. I was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University, where I'll be studying organic and medicinal chemistry.
CALS has allowed me to dive into the sciences and really understand biology, chemistry, and really explore the social sciences and, at the same time, also having that flexibility to pursue courses outside of the college. And that has been incredible, as well.
When I reflect back on my time, I remember I wanted to be a Biology major so that I could eventually pursue an MD degree. But what I found is there's so much beauty in the Biology curriculum that, during your time here, it shouldn't just be, I'm going to pursue a career in medicine-- this is what I have to do, is x, y, and z. Follow your heart, and follow what you are most passionate about. Because, as I look around at our institution, I've learned from so many different people.
And when I think of the Rhodes scholarship, it really-- it's so tough that it only puts one name on the scholarship. There's so many people, such a big list of people that I wish that could just have all of their names posted all over this scholarship, because all of their fingerprints are on it, and they helped me so much. And so, from the bottom of my heart, I just wanted to sincerely thank everyone.
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Ahmed Ahmed's life story is a remarkable tale of a young man who combined hard work with inspiration and guidance from others to grow as a person, from a refugee to a Rhodes scholar.