Windows of the Soul, Damascus

  I cant write about Damascus without feeling jasmine climbing upon my fingers… I can’t utter its name without tasting the juice of apricot, pomegranate, mulberry, and quince… Can’t remember it without sensing a thousands doves perched on the wall of my memory, and another one thousand flying… I am haunted by Damascus even when…

Women in Power

If you want to destroy a country, start with the woman. She is half of the society and she raises the other half. Deprive her from education and keep her away from studying and learning and you will get an ignorant society.” That was a quote I came across today and it stuck to my…

Chicago Tribune: Preserving Syria’s Intellectual capital

A man stands in the debris after an explosion near Aleppo University in embattled Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 15. (Getty-AFP photo / January 15, 2013) By Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson July 5, 2013 With the death toll in Syria passing 100,000, the country’s bloody conflict has been much in the news. But…

Diversity

As many of you know, Syria is not known for its diversity. When you walk in the streets of any Syrian city, you can rarely see a person from another race or color. All you see is Caucasian people speaking Arabic, unless you go to the old city of Damascus where you can find some…

To help my country in the future

Imagine leaving all your life behind you, your home, your friends and your college. Imagine leaving all the plans that you had for the future since you were six years old. I know it looks like a nightmare, but this was exactly what happened to me around seven months ago in Damascus after I had…

Syria Today

I came back to Syria after nine months to find changes worth of three years. The first two days were great; I saw my family, my friends, and everyone that I’ve missed over the past year. At first I felt that the situation is getting better and I was happy about it, but then it…

Fulfilling Dreams

Studying abroad was always my life dream, and I was waiting for my chance to fulfill that dream. The chance has come today after I’ve been nominated as one of the Syrian students for the scholarship that Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in coordination with Jusoor organization provided. It was a special moment when…

Syria… The country that will never die

Ten months ago, I had to leave my country Syria and come to the US to complete my studies. If it wasn’t for the situation there, I think it wouldn’t have been that hard but the feeling that I don’t know when I will be able to go back made everything harder and harder. Too…

A Path To A Greater Future

Illinois Institute of Technology has opened its doors to 26 Syrian students to help them accomplish their dreams, succeed, and stand out in the real world. I was so grateful and honored to be chosen among these extraordinary students. Upon arrival, I was welcomed with a big smile and an astonishing kindness. Everyone who was…

Computer Science Research

IIT is an amazing place to do anything for your academic career. I have been here at IIT for one full semester (4 months), and I found it the perfect place to increase your knowledge – knowledge other than school courses and syllabus. Since I am not going to take summer courses and I am…