Ahmad Raghbat serves as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA). Although initially hesitant about running for the position, after attending their meetings and going to their events he decided to run for the seat.
The MSA discusses issues within the Muslim community and holds cultural exhibitions on campus to educate students about and to celebrate Muslim culture and the heritage that Raghbat claims as his own.
He lived in Afghanistan and Pakistan until he was 11. He was one of nine siblings, and he only began his formal education after moving to America.
“I started school in sixth grade, so I never went to kindergarten through fifth. My kindergarten was in sixth grade,” Raghbat said, “which I am still suffering from because I don’t have the foundational education.”
While living in Afghanistan, Raghbat’s education instead focused on how to avoid the mines placed by the Soviet Union during their invasion in the ‘80s.
When he moved to America, he lived in New York during his adolescence and eventually came to Georgia. Ahmad wanted to go to college but was previously unable due to financial concerns.
Now 37 years old, Ahmad is working toward a career in cybersecurity. Ahmad is passionate about the field and believes he can find a suitable career within the world of information technology.
“The Prophet (Muhammad), peace be upon him, said that education and knowledge are for all humans,” Raghbat said. “Not just for Muslims, not just for men, but for all humans.”
Raghbat and his wife both attend GGC as non-traditional students. In addition to full-time schooling, he also works full-time to provide for his family.