Students from Pakistan Attend SYP
The cities of Islamabad, Pakistan, and Houghton, Michigan are worlds apart—about 6,730 miles from each other. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan has a population of about two million, is considered one of the oldest cities in Asia. It has a humid, subtropical climate.
Houghton, on the other hand, has a population under eight thousand, was founded in the 1800s and averages nearly two hundred inches of snow annually.
When four students from the Roots International Schools in Islamabad and their chaperone participated in one of the week-long Summer Youth Programs (SYP) at Michigan Tech last week, it wasn’t population or climate differences the students were talking about, but the fantastic educational experience.
“This was a great opportunity for me,” said Laraib Akhtar, who enrolled in the geological engineering program. “The classes I took will help me a lot in my future. We don’t often get an opportunity like this (in Pakistan). This was a great chance to explore our future,” she said.
The students who traveled to Tech were among more than 300 from the Roots International Schools participating in camps and internships throughout the world this summer.
Accompanying the four students was Shamaila Idress, a counselor for the school whose daughter Maheen Faraz participated as well. She said the Roots school seeks out opportunities such as SYP, at the urging of the school’s CEO Walid Mushtaq.
“It’s important to our CEO that our students experience expansion, exposure, critical thinking and open mindedness,” she explained.
This was the first trip to America for all of the Pakistani visitors, who were impressed with the splendor of the Keweenaw.
“It’s so green here. And so beautiful,” Akhtar said.
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