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Born in Nouakchott, Mauritania |

Fatima’s father works for the World Health Organization so, at only nineteen years of age, she has already travelled and lived in many European and African countries. After graduating from high school in the Burkina Faso, Fatima knew she wanted to study in a place she had never been to. With budding curiosity about Canada and a love for big cities, Toronto was her first choice. Even though she has only just recently moved here, Fatima says Toronto already feels like a “home away from home.” She is pursuing a degree in Financial and Business Economics at York University and in the future Fatima hopes to work in international trade, with dreams of becoming the head of a multinational corporation.

Toronto as Home

Fatima wanted to be photographed in the heart of York University’s Keele Campus. This a great spot for relaxing where Fatima and her friends can hang out while waiting for classes to start. Residence life and meeting so many new people from all over the world has been exciting. Getting involved in events and organizations like the African Students Association has also helped Fatima feel less homesick.

Connection with the Past

Fatima is holding a tasbeeh, a gift from her mother that she uses while praying. Prayer has always been an important in her life and it is something that keeps her motivated.

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