Senior Spotlight: Mubarak Osiremiza Haruna '22

Mubarak Osiremiza Haruna ‘22 is graduating with a degree in Mathematics (with a ComputerScience concentration). Mubarak has been an athlete on the men’s soccer team, served as Treasurer for the Muslim Student Association, and worked as a student advancement ambassador for the Advancement Office. Mubarak is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success on campus. Due to Mubarak’s outstanding scholastic achievements, he was on the top-6 shortlist for the prestigious Valedictorian Award. Mubarak was also a Presidential Scholar-Athlete during the Spring 2021 semester.

@MubarakXG shares his favorite SMC memories and what’s next after graduation.

"Some of my favorite SMC memories were with the MSA. I enjoyed having fun with my two best friends, Haia and Rashin who have made my experience at Saint Mary’s even more memorable. I am very honored that during our short time here we were able to create a safe space for Muslim students on campus, ensuring they felt included and supported. We organized multiple events including Iftars, Eid celebrations, and  Islamic talks, to make our small Muslim community feel at home on campus. I relished sharing my love for Afrobeat music as a Radio Host with KSMC.

I am extremely grateful to God my family, friends, and Professors because without them I would not be the man I am today. I am grateful for the unconditional love and support shown to me by my parents, whose sacrifices and efforts have made it possible for me to graduate college debt-free.

I would serve honorably, diligently, and responsibly as an alumnus of this great college. While I understand that I plan to be a resource to SMC students in their various fields of pursuit, I understand that part of my work is that I won’t know when exactly I would be called to serve until that moment arises. With that in mind, I hold my experiences at Saint Mary’s in my heart, spirit, and soul and hold steadfast to the Lasallian principles I have learned during my time here and let that be the guiding force that propels me into the future. 

As an international student, I have had my whole worldview be challenged and interrupted, and it gives me a unique perspective as an observer of the student body at Saint Mary’s. What I have observed about the student body is that there is a mysterious sense of faith and belief in their abilities to conquer the world even if the odds are against them. In the times ahead, when I come across a fellow Gael, I intend to remind them to “probe deeply the mystery of existence by cultivating the ways of knowing and the arts of thinking.”

After graduation, Mubarak plans to study Computer Engineering at New York University while pursuing a professional soccer and software development career.