I was always welcomed! 

Fourteen months after moving to the States, I no longer consider myself a transfer student at Illinois Tech or identify myself as an “International student” in order to identify myself as belonging or not belonging to the Illinois Tech community, to the city of Chicago, or in the context of being different. I now have…

Not Living in the Past, But Moving Forward

It has been only six months since my arrival to Chicago, and this time has been sufficient enough to change my personality a great deal – and awaken aspects of me that had been dormant.  When I took my decision to study abroad, a lot of my friends told me “ you are going to…

I taught myself the significance of commitment and dedication لقد تعلمت أهمية الالتزام والتفاني

في مثل هذا الوقت من السنة الماضية  كنت منشغلة بمرحلة دقيقة من تعبئة وإكمال العديد من ملفات القبول الجامعي لجامعات عدة للفنون الحرة في الولايات المتحدة. هذه الفترة المحورية في حياتي والتي سوف تحدد مصير قبولي في مجتمع دراسي محترم استغرقت شهوراً عديدة من التحضير، من إرسال الطلبات إلى عدد من الكليات والانتظار بقلق للحصول…

Father of The Nation

No words can be written to describe the individual and collective loss  – in terms of our humanity – that we faced yesterday when Nelson Mandela, the international emblem of dignity and forbearance, passed away. For as long as he lived, Nelson Mandela stood a symbol of peaceful change; and now this is our mantle…

Daughters for Life – and an abundance of gratitude

After a very eventful and life transforming year of my life, I still remain speechless when it comes to all the people that gave me a push forward and provided me with scholarships to follow my dreams and rise to my potential. Today, I would like to thank Dr. Izzeldin Abuleish, the founder of the…

An Extraordinary Year

It’s been exactly one year since I came to the United States. An extraordinary experience that changed my life, more than I have ever thought it would be. Studying in IIT and living here changed a lot about me, but at the same time it allowed me to discover more about myself and what I…

How my life changed

August 29th 2012 the day I left Syria. Exactly one year ago. I was thinking about the whole year this morning and what changed but then I stopped for a second. What changed is not the right question. What did not change is the right one. Every single detail in my life changed; my school,…

A year of change

On the 4th of August 2012, exactly one year ago, I received an email from Jusoor informing me that I have been admitted to Illinois Institute of Technology as a transfer undergraduate student with a %50 scholarship award. In a 3-week period from applying, I was selected as one of the 28 students, among more…