Hassan Muktar has brought a world’s worth of experience and wisdom to the OCC campus. He’s the son of Somali-born parents who was born in Kenya and moved to the United States at age 10. Muktar graduated from Syracuse’s Nottingham High School in 2013 and came to OCC that fall. “I felt comfortable here right away,” he said. Muktar credits English/Reading/Communication Professor James Place with setting him on the right path. “He told me what I needed to do to be successful here: ‘be on time and ask your professors questions.’ I did exactly what he told me and I wound up getting A’s and B’s.”
Muktar started as a Business major but switched to Human Services after discovering how much he enjoyed helping others. Outside of class he has been heavily involved in campus life. Muktar has served the Office of Residence Life as a Night Clerk, a Resident Assistant and as a member of the Leadership Living Learning Community. He has also been vice president of the College’s Muslim American Society and an employee in the Audio Visual department. Muktar spent much of the summer of 2015 going through classrooms, making sure all of the A-V related equipment such as computers and projectors were working.
Keeping busy inside and outside class is exposing Muktar to everything college has to offer. “Being involved gives you experience. I love staying active and helping as many people as I can. The person that is right next to you could be the person who helps you get to the top. It’s important to always be nice and respectful.”
Muktar is on track to graduate in May 2016. He plans to continue his education and earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees.