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Afghan Student Pays Good Fortune Forward

“The problem with a good idea is that it usually devolves into hard work,” as the saying goes. And no one knows that better than Qiamuddin Amiry. Qiamuddin, or Qiam for short, is an Afghan national living and studying in the United States at Colby College. Qiam’s early life in Afghanistan gave him a true appreciation for all the educational opportunities he had been afforded. As a participant in the United World College Scholars Program, Qiam had the opportunity to study first in Hong Kong and then in the United States. It was at Colby College where one of those good ideas came to him. Qiam thought about his educational experiences and about life in Afghanistan and decided to find a way to bring more Afghan students to schools in the United States.

Qiam fortunately had some valuable resources close at hand. His host father, Joe Feely, had a son who studied at Gould Academy, and Feely was well acquainted with Dan Kunkle, Gould’s head of school. Kunkle liked what he heard and connected Qiam with Lesley Nesbitt, Gould’s associate admissions director. Nesbitt was just as excited about the possibilities as Qiam and the two began the necessary preparations immediately.

When summer began, Qiam returned to Afghanistan with Gould credentials and a mission to recruit two “pilot scholars” for the program’s first year. After a summer of diligent efforts, Qiam found two excellent candidates. He then returned to Colby to begin the other necessary work for bringing the students to the United States.

Nesbitt worked tirelessly as well, attempting to locate and procure the financial resources necessary for the program. Bringing the students to the United States and providing them with the necessary supplies was a significant financial commitment. “I’ve had a lot of interest from private donors,” Nesbitt said, “but we can’t start accepting funds until we become a formal foundation.”

While the program is in its infancy, the two hope to make this a recurring program that will place many students from Afghanistan in several U.S. schools each year; they are currently working on filing for status as a non-profit foundation.. Host schools are hand-selected to ensure the students are placed in an accepting and welcoming environment and students are placed with host families to minimize culture shock. Juliana Montgomery, a Gould alum, is preparing to fly to Afghanistan to follow the group’s two “pilot scholars” on their journey from Afghanistan to Gould and back again for a documentary film.

Like all good ideas, Qiamuddin Amiry’s resulted in a lot of hard work, both for himself and his partners at Gould and Colby, but he couldn’t be happier. For Qiam, the work is difficult, rewarding, and only beginning.

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