Maasha Kah

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Scholars Program ’03 | Oldfields School ’07 | Barnard College ’11 | M.S., University of Pennsylvania ‘13 | Corporate Social Responsibility, Google

“As a child, I always felt like an outsider. I was a curious kid, but I was never curious about the same things that preoccupied the time of my peers. I liked learning, and when I found out that there was a program that was going to take me to that next level (in so many different ways), I had to try my luck.”

Maasha Kah’s SEEDS experience was an immersive educational opportunity from the start. It was also a time of personal growth and self-reflection. “Being away from home, and learning to work with and get to know students from across the state, was the beginning of breaking out of my shell. SEEDS provided me with a space to be myself (albeit nerdy and a bit quirky) in front of a friendly audience of other students who were smart and quirky in their own right. It provided the perfect transition to my all-girls boarding school and showed me how capable I was of rising to any challenge. On top of all of that, it was the catalyst to life-long friendships.”

The lessons that she learned through SEEDS are the foundation of the advice that Maasha would impart on today’s scholars. Perhaps most importantly, she would advise students to strive for excellence at all times. “My favorite quote of all time is from Aristotle: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ I’ve learned that those who look for excellence in everything they do will always prosper. They’ll get the best jobs, the best homes, the best friends and spouses. It’s because they don’t settle; they constantly strive to do better next time. As you’re embarking upon your journey, think about how you can make excellence a habit. I promise, you won’t be disappointed with the outcome.”

Maasha has taken that advice to heart, and has striven for excellence along her academic journey. After finding success at Oldfields School and Barnard College, Maasha went on to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, her job incorporates managing hundreds of relationships across the globe. “For me, SEEDS means starting anew. A very apropos name, it serves as a way to breathe life into a community of children who are yearning for growth and an opportunity to pursue more for themselves. I never could’ve imagined that my SEEDS experience would have pioneered that young, shy version of me down this path.”