Hi, I’m Elaha Mahboob. I spent my childhood in Iran as an immigrant and returned to my native country of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. I pursued my undergraduate degree in computer science in Afghanistan, and was one of a very few women enrolled in this male-dominated program. While at university, I recognized the transformative nature of computer programming, and what a great equalizer software development can be.
Thus, in my second year of university, I co-founded Afghan Citadel Software Company with my sister Roya, the first female-owned IT business. Later on, my sister and I decided to provide access to technology for girls in schools by creating IT centers and holding digital literacy and financial literacy programs for them, in order to help them improve their lives. (more…)
While I am a graduate student at CIPA, I also work part-time at the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) as a Graduate Programming Assistant (GPA). Naturally, balancing several professional roles can be an overwhelming experience; however, working at OADI has given me real-life experience in project management and has provided me valuable networking opportunities. In my current role, I work directly for the OADI Research Scholars Program, an initiative aimed to prepare first-year underrepresented undergraduates students in research, with the ultimate goal of preparing them to join doctoral programs once they graduate. (more…)
The acceptance letters have arrived, and now it comes the tough part: pick one! Let me tell you why you should pick Cornell!
Ithaca, like many college towns, is home to unique food experiences and adventures. From authentic Turkish food to the classic burger and fries, Ithaca has it all. However, what sets many of these hot spots apart is affordability. Most of us graduate students are on tight budgets as it is, but I am here to say you can enjoy a nice meal without breaking the bank. Below are some great places you can go to satisfy your taste buds. (more…)
As part of the College of Human Ecology school, most of the Public Administration classes are in the buildings located in the Ag Quad. Due to the fact that our department is located at the top of a very steep hill, many of the CIPA fellows (including myself) find it easier to stay around the Ag Quad in order to avoid climbing up the hill again. One of the most frequented places of the Ag Quad is the Mann Library, your home away from home for the next two years. (more…)
This year I have taken additional coursework in finance, environmental economics, and corporate responsibility to complete the Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (EFII) certificate program. Being an EFII Fellow has been instrumental in shaping my understanding of the evolving impact investing industry and the challenges of attracting private investment in social good activities. My career focus is broadly nonprofit management, but I now have specific interest in promoting innovation in the nonprofit sector through organizational design and sustainable finance. (more…)
Before I moved up from the American South, my idea of Ithacan winters terrified me. I might be exaggerating slightly, but I definitely was not looking forward to the cold. Luckily, my two winters here have been pretty mild. And while this may signal climate change – which is not at all positive for local crops and streams – I am pleased to have been so comfortable here. That is, until the campus was closed for the first time in 23 years due to Stella – The Blizzard of 2017. (more…)
Now in my second semester at Cornell’s Institute for Public Affairs, I have come to value attributes of the program that I had not previously considered: (more…)