After Aysha Abdul Shahid emigrated on her own from Dubai to the U.S. to pursue a college education, she missed her mom’s cooking, familiar surroundings and her native language. But it helped that she found a sense of home at Macomb.
“Macomb has great diversity and culture, which made it easier to adjust,” says Shahid, who graduated last year with an associate degree in business and transferred to Walsh on a full-ride scholarship. “I loved my journey at Macomb. It was my family and my first college.”
While a student at Macomb, Shahid secured a work-study assignment in Macomb’s Business Office, which helped her pay for tuition after her father became ill in Dubai and could no longer assist in paying for her studies. When she received the Shirley Glass Endowed Accounting Scholarship from the Macomb Community College Foundation, a few of the Business Office’s staff accompanied her to the scholarship luncheon.
“My experience at Macomb was a memorable one,” says Shahid. “The faculty and people are amazing.”
Shahid attends Walsh’s campus in Troy, which is near her home. She is on the school’s “fast track” toward a master’s degree in accounting and intends to become a Certified Professional Accountant. In addition to receiving the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Scholarship to attend Walsh, she was also a speaker/recipient at the college’s leadership Awards Dinner last year. If it wasn’t for her decision to start out at Macomb, however, Shahid isn’t certain she would have been as successful at the private business school.
“Macomb prepared me to manage time and study in groups,” says Shahid. “Macomb not only prepared me for my studies, but also helped me grow as a person.”
Volunteering for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service stands out as one Shahid’s most memorable experiences at Macomb. She also benefitted from the mentoring of Business Office staff and Professors Brian Newman and Randy Gerber, as well as from the wide variety of free learning resources that were available to her.
“I made good connections with my professors,” relates Shahid, “and had access to the library and student center, where I was able to study and find resources to help me succeed in my classes.”
Shahid’s parents still live in Dubai, where they emigrated 30 years ago from Bangladesh. While her dad’s health has improved, plans to visit their daughter in the U.S. this year have been suspended because of COVID-19. But after recently getting engaged, Shahid is excited about the prospect of her wedding, one day, bringing her family together again.
Until then, she appreciates the sense of belonging she has found in pursuit of her education.
“Macomb and Walsh are both great colleges,” says Shahid. “Both have welcomed me with open arms.”