Youssef El Yamani is accustomed to taking on multiple challenges at the same time. While being an active member of the United States Army Reserves, the Morocco native graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern with a Bachelor of Science in Management. He received the distinguished Army Achievement Medal (AAM) for exceptional contributions and handled a multitude of academic and army projects.
“In the Army, the first thing you learn is to never give up or surrender—no matter how hard the situation can be,” Youssef says. He applied that principle to his time at Northeastern as well and lives by the motto: “The more challenging your goals are, the sweeter the reward.” He considers Northeastern to be “a place where you can achieve anything as long as you put the work into it.”
Youssef achieved much while at Northeastern and in the military. He has served his country since January 2016 and is responsible for the safety and security of millions of dollars of military equipment that affects numerous service members. In the fall of 2020, he was part of a three-person team representing Northeastern in the Global Business Strategy Game (GLO-BUS), a simulation in which student teams compete for global market leadership in specific products and categories. Youssef’s team came in first place worldwide in the first round, and he finished eighth in the solo championship round.
Timothy Blank, academic and career advisor says, “Youssef has always been a leader within the classroom. He’s definitely someone who makes the classroom environment more engaging for other students. Youssef is also the epitome of resilience here as a CPS student.”
Interim Dean and Senior Vice Chancellor Mary Ludden says Youssef is humble and unassuming—even when it comes to volunteering. Of all his achievements, Youssef considers helping students improve their English as his most significant. “It was personal to me to give back to others in my former high school,” he says. “It reminded me that we all struggle at first, but with integrity and hard work, we can all achieve our goals and dreams, no matter how far away they seem.”
Interim Dean Ludden agrees. “He has proven time and again he is a disciplined, dedicated worker inside and outside of the classroom … and will surely be an active, valued alum.”
Youssef is now enrolled in the Master of Science in Human Resources at Northeastern and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves.
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He has proven time and again he is a disciplined, dedicated worker inside and outside of the classroom … and will surely be an active, valued alum.INterim Dean and senior vice chancellor mary ludden