Keep educated – No matter how cruel life gets

If the past five years of war have proven anything good at all, it is the saying that “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” It is true that the brutality of war bit into our souls, crushed our dreams, and stripped our lives of all means of happiness, but it also has taught us…

Where a Future starts: In Dreams and Imaginations

Where is the future of a refugee child who has found a sanctuary in a foreign country from a war torn country. The child lives in a refugee camp where all around him are depressed people. Outside the camp, although he or she is safe, he or she faces discrimination from the local community. The…

Love-based medicine

It has been more than five years now, five years of a tearing war that smashed all meanings of a peaceful life in Syria. That lovely piece of land that was once listed among the safest places on this planet. When I close my eyes remembering where we used to live, I can only imagine…

STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM

How does it feel to live in a devastating conflict? Where everyone is mainly concerned about his safety, and his essential demands in life! How does it feel if your country started to fall apart as soon as you started building your future? [The] war in Syria has destroyed all sectors of life, including education and…

Floating in the space of science

As medical students of today and future physicians, we will be dealing with the human body. This idea itself forms a serious challenge and keeps us alert of the importance of building a robust basis of knowledge through which we can catch up with the rapid advances in the different fields of medicine. Knowing that…

The first step to success!!

It was back when I first entered elementary school, that my views, opinions,[and] imagination started to grow. I was excited partly because I will finally get to change my old school uniform, and wear a new one that suits the new academic level I reached. But just as how symbolic this transition was, so did…

#SyriaShines

The other day, a friend sent me a link to a video titled #SyriaShines. Now it’s understandable why I would be excited about any piece that would shine some light on Syrians other than the news outlets mostly concerned with politics and conflict updates. But this one was exceptionally touching to me. It shows a…

Today marks our 200th blog post!

Today marks our 200th blog post! As of today, we have reached over 51,000 views spanning more than 170 countries around the globe. Shukran! Since our very first post went live in August 2012, our mission has represented the following ideals: The IIT Syrian student blog is an independent writing project led by students who…

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Living in Syria has become so difficult and tragic, and at times this seems to be impossible day after day. We’ve lost everything we own in the war in Syria. I’ve lived through the worst times that Syria has faced during my life time. I am searching for better educational opportunity, so that I can gain the knowledge…

May you all turn your darkness into a very bright future!

In two weeks, I am glad to announce that it will officially be three full years of my living here in the United States. Three long years of tears, happiness and achievements. What an extraordinary opportunity I have received in coming to this country! I consider myself not only incredibly fortunate to have been chance…

Walking Away from IIT’s Graduation Ceremony Towards Our Future

Jamal Kharrat B.S. in Computer Science Class of 2016 I came to Chicago in September 1st, 2012, and I learnt so much in school, and achieved way more than expected myself to. There was always an inner force that pushed me forward and motivated me to do more work. My next steps will be acquiring…

Looking for a rose in the desert

One friend once argued “Why spend years and millions on basic science research while clinical research can be cheaper, more helpful, and pays off in a shorter period of time. And why would you be interested in such thing while we have no highly-equipped labs, no fund, no mentors and no opportunities to get involved.”…