habiiba malingha

University: University of California, Berkeley
Languages: French, Spanish
Major: Economics and Political Science
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Biography: My name is Habiiba Malingha and I study at UC Berkeley. I attained the first of my education in rural Uganda where it was normal for kids to go school with no shoes. I remember sitting on the floor and listening to a ‘mwalimu’ introduce us to numbers and words of this foreign language. Then I did what would be middle school and junior high school in Kampala. This is where I was hand-picked as a future leader by our principal to apply for a Pestalozzi scholarship to do the IB Diploma in the UK. This was my turning point. I found myself more interested in global affairs. I aspire to secure the future of children in vulnerable communities such as slums, war-torn areas like Aleppo, places vulnerable to the harshness of global climatic change the Philippines. I am inclined to a career in International Law and Development.