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…

Long Journey Coming to a Start

I have always thought that finishing my last architectural studio at Illinois Tech would be the end to my 6-year-long journey of studying architecture, a journey that I started in 2009 at the college of Architecture in Damascus University, Syria. However, ever since I presented my last project in December, I have had life-changing experiences…

Top 5 Reasons Why I Want to Be A Business Analyst

  When I first started my degree in Civil Engineering I was really excited to learn everything on how to build things and solve complex problems. I knew I had a passion for finding solutions and understanding how things work, which made me believe that civil engineering would be perfect for me, especially since I have a solid background in…

Three Reasons to Consult With Peer Career Coaches on Campus

Having been only a couple of weeks in my new position as a Peer Career Coach at Illinois Institute of Technology, I can already see how beneficial this program is for students on campus. Beside the fulfillment I get from helping my fellow students in preparing their resumes and pursuing their career goals,  I believe that this…

Harvard Arab Weekend Building Bridges: Uniting for a Brighter Future

From IIT to Harvard: continuous reporting about seven Syrian students from Illinois Tech. We were fortunate to travel to Harvard to join some of the best Arab intellectuals in the Arab world and North America. The best and most important aspect for us about being here at Harvard is joining in and being part of…

Syrian actions speak louder than Syrian words

As more Syrians are graduating from IIT every semester, we had a challenge to maintain the Syrian club this year. The question was whether it was worth it to keep the club running with fewer members and bigger loads of work than ever before. With the advice of two amazing mentors of ours, we decided…

Kalona Fall Festival

One of the great benefits of us coming to United States other than having a great education and working in this beautiful country is to make great friends. Last week we were invited by our amazing friends Cal and Shirley to attend the Kalona Fall festival in Iowa and to spend the weekend at their…

A New Semester with Syrian Club at IIT

Hey everyone, I am writing on behalf of the new Syrian Club board members to introduce ourselves, our mission and tell you about our events and goals for this upcoming semester. The Syrian club is a non-political, non-religious organization at IIT, aimed to present the Syrian cultures to the IIT diverse community through free events…

Supporting Syria from the streets and the people of Chicago

“We all have heard and seen in people in Syria. The refugee crisis has taken way too many lives. While feeling bad about the situation and discussing about it what most of us can do, there are a few other things we can do to provide help. A little that we could do was go…

Designed in California for the Universe.

This summer I had the privilege of working as a Software Engineering Intern for one of the most prominent technology companies in the world. And since we are talking about prominent technology company, we definitely mean California, precisely the Silicon Valley. The beautiful the weather is in California, the nature, trees, landscape reminded me of…

Global Impact: From Health Care IT to Helping Every Hungry Child

This summer I had the opportunity to join Allscripts Healthcare Company where I served as Quality Assurance Intern for the last 12 weeks. My journey with Allscripts was incredible – and inspiring. Beginning from my first week, I was introduced to the wide range of their Medical Devices and the technical solutions that Allscripts offers…