What advice do you have for a young Somali woman considering academia?

Asked by Umaimah Adan - 2 months ago

Salaam! I am interested in further study in conflict studies/gender and I'm increasingly hesitant especially given the precarity of academia and the pandemic.

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Hawa Mire - 2 months ago

Any opporutnity to learn and grow is a bonus in my books. The university with its online learning isn't going to go away - its an entrenched institution so there's no danger is learning and getting those letters after your name (for better or worse). As long as you go in armed against the reality of the institution (professors and colleagues) and the dangers they pose to Black-Somali-women - and a loving community behind you - dive in, learn what you will and jump right back out.  

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