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Kelsie Abduljawad

Kelsie Abduljawad

I was able to apply everything I was learning to my work right away," she said. "It made a huge impact on how I viewed my processes and my programs. Pairing my professional work with my coursework was absolutely amazing.

A Penn State graduate is putting the master's degree she earned online to use at her job as an assistant school principal in Doha, Qatar.

Kelsie Abduljawad graduated in December 2014 with a master's degree in educational leadership that she completed online through Penn State World Campus. While she was working toward her degree, she applied her coursework to a job at Al-Arqam Academy, an all-girls Islamic school in Qatar’s capital.

"I was able to apply everything I was learning to my work right away," she said. "It made a huge impact on how I viewed my processes and my programs. Pairing my professional work with my coursework was absolutely amazing."

Abduljawad began her studies at Penn State in January 2012 after spending more than half a year researching online master’s degrees in education.

"I wanted something that had the quality that I felt matched my goals," she said. "Penn State offered something that really ticked all of the boxes for me."

Abduljawad plans to pursue a doctorate degree in education and work as a lecturer or professional development trainer.

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