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AUS students climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Students from the Student Leadership Program at American University of Sharjah (AUS) embarked on an expedition during the Eid break to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's seven summits and tallest freestanding mountain. Adi Hassan Al Fardan and Khalifa Al Thani climbed the highest peak standing at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level. Dubbed the rooftop of Africa, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the continent, located in northeastern Tanzania near the border of Kenya.
The students had to face uncomfortable weather conditions, mixed with rain, snow and hail at a temperature of below -20 degrees. The danger of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not the climb, but having to deal with the high altitude, which can cause difficulty in breathing and other complications.
"Adventure sport plays an important role in student development; this experience was one of a lifetime and the students learned to adapt quickly without having the luxuries in life that we take for granted. The trip was mentally challenging and focused on goals that the students successfully managed to reach due to their dedication and commitment. We are proud to see the AUS flag at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
"I made the decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because I wanted to do something new and different, since my life currently revolves around work and studies. However, I did not realize how hard it was until I got there. The only focus I had was to reach the peak and survive. The scenery was amazing, the clouds, the experience, the cold weather and seeing a different ecosystem. I highly recommend students to be adventurous; it will change your life," said Al Fardan, a junior in finance.
"Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a wonderful experience. Despite rigorous training and preparation for two weeks, the moment you embark on the trip you find it even more difficult and challenging. But life is too short to miss such adventures. Always put your goals high, and you'll accomplish them with some desire, determination and belief in yourself," said Khalifa Al Thani, a junior in management.