Mohamed Karabatek

Mohamed is a first-generation freshman student at Yale who is from Damascus, Syria. He has spent the last 10 years in Richmond, Virginia, where he lived with his mother and 2 younger brothers. Having transitioned from public school (k-8) to private school (9-12), Mohamed has experienced a wide spectrum of educational environments. He has had the privilege of both witnessing and experiencing the significant impact of education in fostering hope in lower-income students. Having lived in a variety of soecioeonomic cultures, Mohamed credits his success to the support of his community. He is a firm believer in cultivating relationships in order to truly enhance the educational experience. Mohamed, having received such support, aims to give back just as much as he has received to encourage academic and personal growth. At Urban Improvement Corps, Mohamed will work to promote academic and personal responsibility, perspective, and growth in his mentees so they can accomplish anything they set their heart and mind to.

Mohamed attended Collegiate School on a full financial award. There he had the opportunity to excel in an intimate setting that encouraged personal relationships. Having attended multiple diversity conferences, such as the Community Development & Leadership Summit in New Delhi and the International Emerging Leaders Conference in Richmond, Mohamed understands the importance of diversity as a dimensional word in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and culture. He was also involved in athletics, ranging from rugby to football to track. Mohamed was also the head of a self-sustaining investment board that managed a $125,000 stock portfolio, of which the profits funded every club’s ideas.

At Yale, Mohamed hopes to study both Global Affairs and Ethics, Politics, & Economics. He is involved in the Freshman Class Council as a representative. He is also involved in the Arab Students Association and Middle Eastern Resolution through Education Action and Dialogue to  promote Middle Eastern culture and cooperation. He also works with programs such as Questbridge and A Leg Even to assist low-income students in making college a successful reality.

Fun fact: Mohamed’s first language was Arabic; and he has his family’s recipes for the finest chicken shawerma, falafel, and baklava in the east coast.