Irregards to the daily struggles of life in a new country and the revelation of Somali youth leaving Minnesota to fight alongside a designated terrorist group, Somali-Minnesotans continue to show a tremendous strive to adjust life in Minnesota. Among the many graduating students of this year from Minnesota State University were Mohamed-Rashid Mumin and Hussein Wehelie.
Neither of these men is ordinary nor traditional student.
It`s very common to see scores of Somali students randomly roving around university compasses in Minnesota but not 53-year-olds also attempting to complete a degree. Mr. Wehelie and Mr. Mumin`s achievements are exceptional in Somali standards. Most 53-year-old Somalis work in odd jobs and strange shifts, and are preoccupied only on how to raise their kids and help relatives in the native-land, Somalia, or consumed with Somali politics. However, while working full-time and raising big families, both Mr. Mumin and Mr. Wehelie managed to collect their graduate degrees from a respected American University.
Mr. Wehelie and Mr. Mumin`s past success may have contributed to their continued drive to better their lives. Mr. Mumin`s late father, Abdirahman Sh. Mumin, was a prominent Somali politician and three-time minister of Somalia. He last led the ministry of defense in the late President Aden Abdulle Osman`s administration. Mr. Mumin himself was known for his role in the Somali`s professional sports. I was a professional soccer, basketball, volleyball player " I even played at the national level with more than one of these sports. " Mr. Mumin said.
Likewise, Mr. Wehelie was a renown and respected figure in the journalism field. Before the civil war, he was a producer and a writer for both Radio Mogadishu and Xidigta October newspaper. I used to write for number of programs at Radio Mogadishu and was the first person to write about the Titanic " tragedy in Somalia. " Wehelie stated.
Obviously, no success is achieved with ease or without a remarkable price. I went through a lot trying to provide and make time for my family while going to school. " Mr. Mumin explianed. Likewise, Mr. Wehelie told the writer, I used to work 3 days for 12 hrs and go to school for the other four days " all of these time, I was also helping my relatives back home. "
Even more, Mr. Wehliye was a student at the Somali National University in Mogadishu when the civil broke-out and had to start everything all over. First, I enrolled into an ESL [English as a Second Language] program then GED [General Education Development] to prepare for the high school diploma before going on to college " Wehelie explained.
This may be a prime example of one`s resolve but could also be an indication to a possible trend.
Mr. Wehelie and Mr. Mumin received their degrees in Political Science & Public Administration and Urban Planning & Geographic Information System respectively.