Aviation Management Alum Followed Flightpath of His Father
Yousf Almoumin, who graduated from Marywood University with a degree in aviation management in 2021, planned to follow in his father’s footsteps from an early age. His father, AbdulBasit, oversees aircraft maintenance for Saudia, also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines. At age ten, Almoumin's father took him to his workplace, where he saw and toured airplanes, and, at that moment, he knew that’s what he wanted to do.
While Almoumin graduated from Pittston Area High School, he was raised in Saudi Arabia until he was a teenager. Almoumin, his mom, two older brothers, and two younger sisters moved back to the United States when he was 14 years old. He jokes that his father has a very extended commute between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
“I had an indescribable feeling of fitting in when I stepped onto Marywood University’s campus as a prospective student.” Remembering his own experience with an Admissions Ambassador during his tour as a prospective student, Almoumin hopes to provide visitors with the information that they need to make their college decision easier.
Beyond the feeling of fitting in and bonding with other students on campus, Almoumin stated, “Marywood prepares you for challenges and changes.” One such challenge occurred the day before he was supposed to fly an aircraft for the first time: Almoumin had a seizure while driving his mom to school. It was discovered that he had Stage 2 Brain Cancer, and he underwent surgery and radiation therapy. “As a result of the cancer, I began taking Aviation Management track courses. Marywood gave me a chance,” he said.
During his time at Marywood University, Almoumin was more involved in clubs, volunteerism, and with his academics than he ever thought possible as a high school student. As a member of the ambassador team for the Admissions Office at Marywood, Almoumin enjoyed talking with prospective students and their families about his academics, programs, and student activities.
Almoumin was also the president of the Aviation Club and was a member of the Student Government Association as an international and multicultural representative.
“Being a member of the Aviation Club was a great experience for me,” Almoumin said. “Capt. Joseph McDonald (Director of Marywood’s Aviation Program) is so impressed by the club’s involvement and the community service that we have done and continue to do.”