Moroccan-American Connection

Today, Oumaima Bougazzoul, a Northeastern University student, is sharing with us her experience in the 2013 Millennium Campus Conference. her experience in our Morocco and US Connect conference in Rabat, on June 26th, and why she cares about global development.

When you think of developing countries, a number of words such as extreme poverty, illiteracy, and child mortality certainly come to mind. Today, as a young person born and raised in a North African country like Morocco, I can relate to all the social and developmental issues that are plaguing other parts of the underdeveloped world. The flawed educational system that I had been part of until my senior year of high school, the various underprivileged areas that I have been to, along with the depressing social stories that I have heard about, all have pushed me to get involved in different developmental organizations. Even with really small projects and activities, I was able to stay active until I moved for my undergraduate studies to Northeastern University in Boston, where I have pursued my community service projects as part of the University Civic Engagement Program. I was determined to take advantage of every single opportunity that allows me to serve this new community, my new home away from home.

 And here came The Millennium Campus Conference 2013 (MCC) at Northeastern, an amazing experience that gave me the chance to meet passionate student leaders from all over the globe, take part in stimulating discussion panels, and listen to motivational speeches by inspiring figures such as UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendaoui, and USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg. MCC has opened my eyes to the amount of student organizations that have already transformed their passions into meaningful actions. The level of ambition energizing all the attendees to share ideas, make new connections, and enlarge their social and professional networks was just magnificent. I was also inspired by Sam Vaghar’s priceless piece of advice: “Never be afraid to talk to anybody!” Right after the event, I wanted to bring it to action and decided to go talk to a random person, a student leader at Tufts University who is today one of my closest friends and project partners.

Back to Morocco, I had the chance to meet with Sam again for another gathering of young Moroccan leaders at The American Club in Rabat, on June 26th. It was a fruitful afternoon that started with an activity enabling everyone to share their first inspirational moment to become change makers, and the kind of help they need from others to go forward in their projects. After Sam gave a general overview about the MCN’s mission and announced a number of upcoming opportunities, we all enjoyed watching the US soccer team playing against Germany. Despite the German victory, the advancement of the US team was a great way to celebrate such a rewarding and fun afternoon, and cheer on an amazing team of young leaders who attended the event.

Many other student leaders from across the globe will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. Don't miss out of having the experience and opportunity students like Oumaima had. Students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition and they will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential people such as Nicholas KristofDr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!