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Freshman student brings Egyptian experience to Whitworth

Aminah Keevy stands with her back to a bookcase in the library.Aminah Keevy, '19, holds dual citizenship, in the U.S. and South Africa. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt.

"Cairo is home to me," Keevy says. "I loved growing up there."

Keevy's family rotated through living in apartments in the city and houses in the country, giving her the opportunity to live in two completely different atmospheres. Most of her time was spent in Maadi, a city where her previous school, Cairo American College, is located.

"A large part of Maadi's population is made of international diplomats and other families like mine, so I grew up with kids from all over the world," Keevy says. "There were 10 different nationalities represented in my high school group of friends."

One of Keevy's favorite parts of growing up in Cairo was the freedom and acceptance she experienced in matters of faith.

"I grew up in a culture where Islam and Christianity coexist peacefully, and I never felt out of place or threatened," Keevy says. "Egyptian people are truly some of the most hospitable and kind human beings you could meet."

Keevy is adjusting to the differences between the U.S. and Egypt.

"I love the trees on campus," Keevy says. "It's so different from what I'm used to. Egypt is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but there aren't really any transitions between seasons. This year was my first time experiencing a true fall, and it was amazing!"

For those who haven't traveled outside of the U.S., Keevy offers this advice.

"If given the chance, you should travel outside of the U.S. as soon and as frequently as possible," Keevy says. "The world has so much to offer, and it's important for people to do their part in understanding and caring about things that are going on outside of the place with which they are most familiar."

Keevy is majoring in athletic training, a combination of her interest in medicine and love for athletics.