Associate of College Success
Syedah Cabell is taking her talents to Chicago Scholars as an Associate of College Success. These talents may not include winning her city an NBA championship ring like Lebron, but they do include providing Scholars the support they need to successfully transition to, persist through, and matriculate from college, which is exactly what she will be doing in this role. If you would like to know more about making the most of your college experience by taking advantage of your campus’s resources, talk to her.
Syedah firmly believes that success in her role lies in being able to convince students that their graduation is more than just a hope, but rather that it is an imminent event. She is convinced that once students make this mental shift, they tap into the superpowers within them that allow them to obliterate any challenge or obstacle threatening their success.
As a low-income, South Side CPS student, Syedah understands the arduous process Scholars are forced to navigate to get their degrees. Her work with high school seniors in LEAD Summer Business Institute and with incoming students of color at Northwestern’s Office of Admissions has driven her passion for making this process easier for first-generation and under-resourced students. Prior to earning her own Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in June 2017, Syedah figured out how to utilize her school’s resources to her advantage to shape her time at NU into the experience she wanted. That experience included studying in Cuba even before the U.S. Embassy opened in Havana and traveling to Qatar for a week. She advises students to fearlessly pursue doing things and going places they never thought possible while in college, and then explore the options their school already offers, and determine which paths they’ll need to trailblaze to make it happen. She seeks to aid students in discovering their own unique paths full of joy, growth, and adventure to graduation.
Outside of work, Syedah can be found attempting to justify her ridiculous chocolate and bread intake by dancing for “exercise” and trying to convince her loved ones (and herself) that this is a sustainable, well-balanced, and healthy lifestyle.