2013 Tommie Award Nominee: Ahmed Aldhafeeri

Ahmed Aldhafeeri, communication and journalism major, 3.19 GPA

Aldhafeeri is from Saudi Arabia. He was vice president of the Saudi club and has been a member of the Globally Minded Student Association, MSA, Amnesty International club and the Futbol club. Aldhafeeri is helping organize the International dinner and has been a performer at events including Culture Fest, International Fair, HANA, African night, Sabeel, Saudi American night, Asian night and Celebrating differences. Aldhafeeri has also been an International Ambassador at St. Thomas.  121126_TM_AWARD_ALDHAFEERI_pic

Aldhafeeri said developing the business BooksStoreTimes, a Facebook application used to buy, sell, and trade books among St. Thomas students, is his greatest accomplishment at St. Thomas. He said the business proves students from this university are inventors and embodies the mission. Aldhafeeri said the Bookstoretimes team “loves the University of St. Thomas and want to leave a legacy behind that would build a higher reputation for the university and instill in current and prospective students that we have succeeded with genuine hard work and high quality knowledge taught at this great university.”

One interesting experience Aldhafeeri said he had was performing a poem he wrote at a Saudi graduation ceremony in Washington, D.C. Among those in attendance were the Saudi minister of higher education, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S., and the foreign policy advisor to King Abdullah, and the Saudi Arabian Cultural attaché to the U.S.

After graduation, Aldhafeeri said he plans to apply for jobs and graduate school.

Editor’s note: TommieMedia columnist Geena Maharaj and creative designer Jessica Root were not involved in writing or editing this report.

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