Hafidah Farah joined IOK after having completed her hifdh and being in search of a program that would help her further her understanding of the Arabic language as well as tafseer. She saw the IOK Seminary as the perfect choice because it allowed her to complete high school while pursuing her passion for studying Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies. “Before coming to IOK, I never thought it was possible to balance regular education with Islamic studies, and that is one of the first things I learned there. The extraordinary environment at IOK instilled discipline in me, my teachers taught me to be patient, to carry myself with integrity and honesty, and most of all to try my best to follow the sunnah of our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم”​ As a student, Farah also participated in debate and in MIST and placed second in regionals and third in nationals for Quran.​