President Leo Lambert has described the class of 2014 as the most diverse yet. These students have come from across the country and world to further their education. All have overcome their fair share of obstacles and challenges to get where they are today. But one freshman has encountered more challenges through 22 short years than many will face in a lifetime. His newest challenge, four years of college at Elon, lies straight ahead.
Two weeks into a new academic year, and first-year students scramble to get a foothold on life away from home.
Most are a few hours away from where they grew up, although to many first-years, Elon may as well be half a world away.
For 22 year old Toorialey Fazly – Elon is just about as far away from home as he can get.
Afghanistan is a place that most Americans only see on the evening news – but it’s a place Fazly calls home.
Fazly has come to Elon University because he has many of the same hopes and dreams every other first-year does. He’s just had a little head start. Fazly was, for three years, the personal scheduler for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a post he gained by virtue of his English abilities.
He’s here to major in political science, although he says the lessons learned about American culture are just as valuable as those of proper political discourse.
For now though, the most important thing for Fazly is continuing his studies…in the classroom and on campus.