Student Spotlight: Solomon

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I am so happy to revive this column of Winie's Student World. Solomon makes it more exciting.

I was so inspired just reading his responses, and I particularly love the life lessons he shares. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you to this dynamic, driven and WISE ...(thunder drum rolls)...

 Solomon Ayalew

Nick name


Hometown, Country

Gonder, Ethiopia

Tell us a little about yourself/ what’s unique about you?

I am of Ethiopian and Eritrean descent. I was born in Gonder, Ethiopia; we left for political reasons when I was 4. I grew up with no real interest in my culture, but when I entered college I became immersed in it. I rediscovered parts of myself and it has become an integral part of who I am. I think before college we focus on trying to fit in, but in college, we get to stand-out; my culture helped me stand out.  I have always been interested in the arts especially writing. I love to write poetry and screenplays for movies or tv shows.

School (location)

Graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA Sociology

Current Program, level, year in school

Pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

What do you like the most about your school/academic program?

I like that it’s broad and gives me opportunities to go into multiple fields and help people in a  big picture and small picture way.

What internships/jobs have you done?

I have held multiple positions at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) from Tutor to Lead Youth Program Coordinator

What is/are the highlight (s) of your student life?

My involvement in student organizations taught me more about how to work with people and how to survive in the real world more than my education did. Student organizations made college fun and I was glad to have been on 3 boards simultaneous it was crazy but worth it.

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What do you plan to do after your degree?

Either Non-Profit Management or Politics. Either way, I want to help people in need with a service that is free of charge. Too many things are locked behind some form of payment and that's not fair to those who are in need.

What do you dream of accomplishing in your lifetime?

Growing the Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services or becoming involved in policy that aids New Americans, Education, and families-in-need; also to cut some of the fat out of government so it runs fluidly.

What do you do for fun?

Video games, poetry, movies, and any form of media.

What three things do you carry with you all the time?

My phone, something in relation to Ethiopia or Eritrea, and a pair of headphones. Music is everything to me.

Describe yourself with one food?

Injera with Shiro. It's the most simple and humble of dishes from Ethiopia and Eritrea, but the hardest to perfect and most versatile. You could eat it for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner but only the pros understand the intricacies to make it taste amazing.

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What’s your biggest life lesson so far?

Relax; nothing is under control. The present is the place that is most worthy of your time.

What advice would you give to another student/young professional?

Whatever your profession is, do it to make others life better. If your a comedian help people laugh if you’re an engineer make life more efficient for people. If you’re a scientist create something to make life better. The only service worth pursuing is service to others everything else especially money will leave you empty.


I hope you enjoyed this feature as much as I did. Now because of Solomon, I want to eat Injera and Shiro! 

Dear Solomon, we wish you the absolute best in everything you do.


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