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Hind Abbas
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Country of Origin Sudan
Length of Time in Columbus Since 2006
Reason for Move I moved to Columbus to start my employment with Cummins Inc.
Education & Profession I got my bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. I have been working for the past three years as an Electronics Application Engineer at Cummins Inc.
Family Members My parents and my three brothers live in Canton, MI; and my husband and I live here in Columbus.
Hobbies Cooking, Traveling, Yoga & Pilates Exercises.
Childhood Years & Schooling I completed my grade schooling in Khartoum, Sudan. Attending a private school, I cannot speak of the whole Country’s educational system, but my personal experience was similar in ways to education is the U.S. and different than in many others. My education was very strict when it comes to academics, exam taking, and grading. I studied all of my subjects in both English and Arabic therefore that made the study load quite heavy. On the other hand, my school offered music classes, PE, and art classes. As for the public school system, it’s considered strong, but poorly funded by the government.
How do you preserve and celebrate your heritage and culture? Culture is a very important element in my life, therefore I celebrate it by eating traditional food, wearing traditional attire, and celebrating holidays.
Is there a celebration or festival that you particularly enjoy? One of the main celebrations that I enjoy is Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, which is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast". Eid is often celebrated by family gathering together, and a big meal being cooked. In addition, to family members and friends visiting each other, exchanging gifts, and going out on picnics and day trips.
What do you enjoy about living in Columbus? I enjoy that people are friendly and mostly welcoming and very curious abut different cultures. Coming from a dry hot weathered country, I also enjoy the spring/summer season in the US as it’s suitable for outdoor activities.
Was it difficult to adjust to life in Columbus? As we all know Columbus is a small town, which was hard to adjust to in the beginning, but after knowing my way around town and made many friendships I find Columbus a very nice town to live and start a family in.
What do you miss about your native country? I miss the atmosphere, the food, but most of all I miss the people. My friends and family members that make every vacation back home an amazing time and makes me long to go back there the minute I leave.
What would you like other Columbus residents to know about your native country? Sudan is somewhat similar to the U.S. from the aspect of its citizens being from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. We are a melting pot, from the Nubians in the North, to Bija in the East, Denka in the South, and Kababish in the West. That’s only a few of the hundreds of tribes residing in Sudan.