Shamim came to Green Mountain College to study business and advance her dream to develop herself so she can return to her hometown and teach women to start their own small businesses. Shamim stands out among a dedicated student body as a leader on a wide range of community and sustainability issues. While at Green Mountain College, Shamim has committed herself to teaching people about her culture and inspiring others of her generation in the U.S. to initiate positive change in their communities.Additionally, as a member of Green Mountain College's Student Government Association, she has supported events addressing inequality in order to build a stronger understanding among her peers of the role they can take in addressing these issues.
Growing as a girl in Afghanistan, I know how challenging and difficult for girls to go to school. I faced all the challenges to go to school, to get an education, to teach others and to make positive impacts in my community. I have been involved to teach the illiterate women how to read and write, to raise awareness about women's right, to encourage girls to play sports, and to raise awareness on environmental issues. On campus, I have been involved in the student government as a sophomore representative. Being part of the student senate has been very important to me because the decisions we make will impact all students on campus. I am also involved with the Intercultural Club, which we host different cultural and language workshops to bring mutual understanding among people of different faiths, cultures, and languages.