College student chosen to participate in trip of a lifetime
A Tower Hamlets College student will soon be jetting off to America for the trip of a lifetime, after being chosen to participate in the US Government’s prestigious Muslim Student Leaders Exchange programme.
Nadeem Sayeed, 18, from Bow, was chosen after impressing the American selection panel with the high quality of his application and is the youngest member on the trip party, which is mainly made up of university graduates and undergraduates.
Applicants from across the UK were ranked on various attributes of their applications which included their writing ability, experience and creativity.
The Exchange Programme, which is run by the US government aims to increase dialogue and understanding amongst faith communities and generate a better awareness of America and its people amongst young Muslims living overseas.
Nadeem will join 11 other participants from across the UK who are flying out on 5th April for a two week trip where they will visit a number of US cities including Baltimore, Berkeley in California, Chicago and Washington DC.
Nadeem, who studies A Level Maths, Economics and Religious Studies at the College will engage in meetings and visits with a wide range of institutions and civil society members to learn more about US society and its political and social institutions as well as meet community organisations and Muslim communities to learn how they engage with the US political system.
He will also have meetings with Congressional committees, political groups, NGOs and the media to explore the role of youth and special interest groups in the US political system and visit top US universities including the prestigious Berkley in California to discuss foreign policy issues such as terrorism and globalisation with other students.
Nadeem, who is also a student volunteer at the College believes this experience was able to boost his chances of being selected for the programme. He said:
“I am really looking forward to going to America and learning more about their political and social systems and to meet with community groups and learn how they engage with the political and social systems over there.
My experience as a student volunteer at the College has really helped me to get this opportunity. It has given me the confidence and experience to lead a team and enhance my communication skills, all of which I wrote about in my application.”