Sara Ahmed

University of Colorado, Boulder
Class of 2023

Providing quality education for girls.

Sara’s global experiences informed her passion for girls’ education: her parents escaped war in Sudan and moved to Saudi Arabia, where Sara lived until she moved to Colorado when she was 8 years old. She has volunteered in the Dominican Republic and studied in Singapore with Yale University. With three younger sisters and a single mother who were all learning English, Sara took on a parental role at home by completing paperwork, paying bills, and overseeing homework duties. Her work as a role model extends to school, where Sara volunteers as a peer ambassador and as yearbook editor, where she teaches copywriting and holds students accountable for their work.

Sara is inquisitive and thoughtful: she asks questions and seeks deeper understanding before making assumptions about important issues. These traits, combined with good organizational and planning skills, make her a strong leader. Sara was Captain of Speech and Debate, an intern at UCHealth, and an Officer of the National Honor Society. She was also a 4-year athlete in Lacrosse, a violinist in the orchestra, and a member of the Black Student Alliance — while working up to 16 hours a week at Starbucks and with Arapahoe County as a student election judge.

Leadership:

  • Yearbook editor
  • Speech and Debate captain
  • Peer Ambassador
  • NHS Officer