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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 Economics and Political Science at UC Berkeley. I completed my primary education in rural Uganda and attended secondary school in Kampala, Uganda. I remember sitting on the floor of my primary school classroom while listening to a mwalimu (teacher) introduce us to numbers and words in the English language. 

As a student in Kampala, I was selected by the principal of my school to apply for the Pestalozzi UK scholarship that would fund my studies toward an IB Diploma in the UK. Receiving this scholarship marked a huge turning point in my life, as my experience in the UK prompted me to develop a greater interest in global affairs. 

I plan to pursue a career in International Law and Development, and aspire to provide better futures for children in vulnerable communities such as war-torn areas, slums, and places vulnerable to the harshness of global climatic change.