My name is Sabah Haji. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to America with my family as a refugee. I came from an area with few prospects to the Mohawk Valley, which offers numerous growth opportunities. Thanks to my enrollment at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and membership with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), I obtained my Human Services degree with honors in December 2021.
Additionally, I will be earning my Mechatronics Certification in May 2022. After that, I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field. My goal is to encourage more underrepresented minority students to pursue STEM degrees in higher education.
Attending community college was the smartest decision I made for my life, both financially to receive affordable education as a low-income student living below the poverty line and enhancing my personal life. As a first-generation college graduate, I am defying stereotypes and generational barriers, and I have accomplished more than anyone in my family's history.
My involvement in PTK is remarkable because I accepted membership in the Lambda Beta PTK Chapter in 2019 still in high school through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program, among other talented and brilliant college students. Since then, my participation grew from being an active member to being elected for leadership roles such as the 2020-2021 Vice-President of Leadership and the current 2021-2022 Chapter President.
As a recent MVCC and P-TECH graduate, I am looking forward to continuing my servant leadership role through PTK as the 2022-2023 New York Regional Alumni Representative, serving as a bridge between the New York Region and the New York Region Alumni Association (NYRAA). Thank you all for supporting me in continuing my legacy with PTK!