Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Jedidiah Koubiessi

SHE-CAN Scholar: Jedidiah Koubiessi

Jedidiah Koubiessi is an incoming First Year student at Syracuse University and is planning to major in Computer Science. Jedidiah grew up in the heart of Monrovia, Liberia. She is the first of two children raised by her single mother, who caters events and works with schools to support their family. Jedidiah was raised in a family of mostly women who have raised children independently, which has fueled her passion and desire to serve as a beacon of hope for girls in society.

Jedidiah loves to express herself through writing and addresses social issues with poetry (she wrote her first poem when rape cases were on the rise in Liberia). In addition to writing, she enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and experiencing different cultures. In a male-dominated society, Jedidiah believes that women can rise to the top if they choose to break the limits set for them and let their successes speak for themselves. She has demonstrated this belief by consistently taking first place in her classes throughout high school.

All of her hard work paid off when she was appointed as the first female president of her school. She also placed second runner-up in Liberia’s National Spelling Bee (2021) and has participated in several writing competitions, serving as an ambassador for Write Liberia in 2020-2021 after winning the competition that year. Jedidiah has volunteered to train elementary students through The Liberian Poet Society’s vacation program, providing basic grammar and poetry lessons. She also undertook a project under the Take The Lead initiative by organizing a vocational workshop and launching a girls’ club in rural Liberia called “A Whole Girl.” Being passionate about her country and wanting to share love with those in need, she hosted her first Christmas party for orphans in 2023 and plans to make it an annual event. Jedidiah also interned at Ecobank Liberia, gaining valuable work skills.

In her quest to see her country improve, she recognizes that technology is the future and sees how far behind Liberia is in that sector. While preparing to start school in the fall of 2024, she took steps toward making this dream a reality by obtaining a certificate in Microsoft Office from Girls in Tech Liberia. In her free time, Jedidiah also works as a makeup artist. Jedidiah hopes to become a success story that younger girls can see and know that anything is possible. With a degree in Computer Science, she hopes to reshape the technology narrative in Liberia and pave the way for many other young girls to follow in her footsteps.

Incoming

Academic Major

Undeclared
Class of 2028

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