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Nursing major says WestConn helped her accomplish every goal

Najah Mahfoud grew up in a country where opportunities are limited and going to college is nearly an impossible dream. So when the 23-year-old WestConn senior became a U.S. citizen in February, she clearly realized how lucky she was to live in a place where opportunity is wherever you make it.

“I want to live here for the rest of my life,” said the 23-year-old Danbury resident. “I’m building my future here.” And that future includes a degree from WestConn. In May, Mahfoud will Now I’ve realized
that your dreams can come true, but it’s
hard work. You have to take advantage of all
the opportunities that
are out there.
graduate with her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Mahfoud was born in Lebanon and first moved to the United States with her family when she was a baby and returned home after five years. Shortly after the family returned, her father was killed at work in an accidental explosion. For the next 10 years, her mother raised Mahfoud and her brother and sister until the company she worked for shut down. Then the family was forced to make some serious decisions. There was no money for Mahfoud and her siblings to attend school and her mother weighed her options carefully before deciding to return to the U.S.

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Outstanding Faculty

Burt Peretti

Peretti makes history contemporary, relevant
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Kelley Bradley

Global climate studies start close to home for Connecticut native
Capitalizing on our location in Danbury, Connecticut, a New England city characterized by its economic vibrancy and its diverse citizenry, as well as our proximity to the educational and cultural riches of New York City, WestConn has truly become a global university. Our students can be found exhibiting their art in Manhattan, performing theater on Broadway and in Scotland, visiting the United Nations and traveling to China, Spain, Puerto Rico and Vietnam for immersion programs.

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Diverse University Community

Najah Mahfoud

Nursing major says WestConn helped her accomplish every goal
At WestConn, we value and affirm the unique contributions of our many constituent populations, recognizing the learning opportunities that differences can create. Workshops, roundtables and student organizations serve to explore and understand how best to combine the many unique talents within our student and faculty populations to foster discussion and understanding.

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Quality Academic Programs

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Student-Centered Environment

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Becoming part of the global community is one of many interests that can be explored at WestConn.
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James Heffner

Student uses scholarships to follow his dream
WestConn is proud to offer the affordability and access of a mid-sized public university while creating the quality experience of the best private institutions. Through private and corporate scholarships and endowments, the university continues to provide resources to students with academic achievement and financial need.

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