Ready to Create the Future

2015 grad shares his U experience and how he plans to work across disciplines to tackle global challenges

Every year nearly 15,000 students graduate from the University of Minnesota and embark on the next step in their journey, joining U of M alumni around the world. This spring, the Class of 2015 will begin to make its mark in health care, technology, business, and agriculture, fueling innovation with boundless energy and the skills to create the future.

U alumni include founders and presidents of fortune 500 companies, visionary artists and authors, 55 members of congress (plus 19 governors and two U.S. vice presidents), and thousands more working to make a difference every day.

Who will the class of 2015 become?

We spoke with one of those 2015 grads, the Inter-College Program's Muhammad Jiwa, about his experience at the U and his plans for the future.

ICP grad 2015 Muhammad Jiwa, who majored in wildlife science, whole systems healing, and sustainability studies

With an Inter-College Program (ICP) major in wildlife science, whole systems healing, and sustainability studies, it's evident that Muhammad Jiwa’s studies have been varied, to say the least. Jiwa is interested in everything from ecofriendly buildings and biomimicry, to working for nonprofits and launching multiple businesses, while ultimately returning to exotic animal veterinary school. This summer he’s reaching out to Twin Cities area mosques to incorporate environmental studies into the Sunday school curriculum for children, hoping, he says, to inspire youth in how they approach the concerns of their time.

How do you see yourself having an impact on the world?
By shifting the paradigms of society on nature and the environment. I am going to use my skills … along with my world experience to engage in conversations and make positive change both nationally and internationally.

How has your education helped to prepare you?
The U helped me a tremendous amount with being prepared for the world’s challenges… Everything is interconnected, and reaching across different disciplines can go a long way toward creating changes that are longer lasting and further reaching. Having a well-rounded education helps in connecting more dots.

What’s most exciting about graduating?
I’m excited to start making a positive change in the world—socially, environmentally, and economically.

Did anything about college surprise you?
I was always told that I was “overthinking it”… [I’ve come to realize] that I am not overthinking it—I’m just a researcher/scientist at heart.

Will YOU be donning a cap and gown this spring? We'd love to share the stories of more of our CCE grads. Contact Megan Rocker about being profiled.