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Samera Kabir: Improving education

Samera Kabir, career and transfer center specialist at Barstow Community College, was born in Bangladesh. She grew up in different cities because her father had a government job and as he moved up his career, he had new roles in different industries under the same corporation in different places.
When he was appointed as director for the headquarters the family settled to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Samera completed her bachelors from Dhaka and joined as operation assistant to Century Resources. She moved to the United States in 2005 with her parents as dependent immigrants.
“And today I am a proud citizen of United States,” she said.

Q: Why did you move to Barstow?
A: My father moved and started work for Caltrans as consultant in Barstow.

Q: What is your passion?
A: My passion is to work on improving our education system and helping all students receive a high-quality education.

Q: Any hobbies?
A: I like to spend quality time with family members and friends and cooking something delicious.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Barstow.
A: As I said, my dream is to work on school systems, and I start following my dream when I first got hired in Barstow Community College in 2008 and I got hired in a permanent position in 2011.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: I would rather walk anywhere (or take public transportation) than drive, but I hate being late.

Q: What are the top three issues facing the Barstow, and what's your take on them?
A: Barstow should attract more businesses by offering benefits and also attract research companies as they need lot of space.
They should create some entertainment opportunities here so that families can spend their time together. Without an entertainment facility a city is not planned properly. If people don't want to live here, then there will no growth for business too.
 Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why? What would you ask them?
A: With my grandmother. When I was small she had the warmest, most comfortable lap and no matter what the problem was, I always felt she could solve it. I learned so many things from my grandmother.
She was an excellent cook. Now, I was always the picky eater and my Mom never had the patience to get me to eat. Grandma would make me the things I liked and then feed them to me.
Her sense of order and concern for all of us was great. So much so that when she was dying she summoned us all and accordingly we came. And she blessed us all, gave sound and helpful counsel and said goodbyes to those of us who had to return abroad. And in her words we were not to cry because all was well. I have no doubt all is well with her. But my selfish side wishes sometimes she had not left.

Q: Tell us about your faith.
A: I believe in God, thank him each and every day for all my blessings, and ask forgiveness and strength to be a better person tomorrow than I was yesterday.

Q: Tell us about one place you would love to visit and why.
A: I would like to visit “Seven wonders of the world.”  

Q: Where do you get your values from?
A: From my family and I was raised with honesty, dignity and sincerity. I never had seen my father compromised with corrupted things and influenced by our political leaders and any government. That's why he had to face too many transfer in his career but eventually honesty paid off, he retired from the upmost position from his government job.

Q: What's your favorite movie and why?
A: That's really a tough question. I am not a movie kind of person but I like to watch movies with my family and friends.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Barstow.
A: Barstow is not a big city and everything is at your foot step. Most likely people know each other and I found some of them are most generous and kind in this country.

Q: What is the ultimate issue facing the United States, and what's your take on it?
A: The unemployment and weak economy. This is not the first time in history and we didn't take lessons from past. If I were unemployed I would go out every single day and look for work. People move always, you just need to be focused and updated. If it takes time, I would suggest just go back to school and build the skills necessary for the current market and next five years.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: I have the privilege of helping students who come to me with their career and transfer problems. The people here really are pleasant, easy to work with, and I feel like I am working at home.  

Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: Balance of life: Be a caring daughter, a friendly mother and a loving wife.

Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: I don't have any guilty pleasures. I don't do something that is not good for my life.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: One of the most trusted and esteemed leaders in Education System Development.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?
A: If I ask anyone who comes first on priority basis in your life, the answer should be “Family.” And why not? That's why we work hard five days to keep moving our family and spend only two days with them. I urge our future president that we should focus on reducing the debt for our future generations, stop major spending on something that is not good for us as a whole and don't promise something that is not true and real.
 
Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: skabir@barstow.edu.


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